Staying on track with your diet and exercise when going out of town, or on vacation is something even the most health conscious folks have trouble with. Choosing healthy when dining out is sometimes difficult not only because of all the temptations the varied menu offers but even when you think you are choosing healthy there are often hidden calories that you may not expect or be aware of.
Think about the dining out experience…first a basket of fresh bread is put in front of you. The delicious aroma coupled with your hunger makes it difficult to resist. Next you are offered an appetizer, if you have managed to avoid the bread you may chose an appetizer to hold you over and further resist temptation where the bread is concerned. Eating a smaller meal before your meal adds unnecessary calories! Next comes your dinner selection, what you think is a healthy entrée choice may often not be the best choice at all.
So, how does one dine out and stay on track with their daily allowed calorie consumption, yet still enjoy the delicious cuisine the said restaurant has to offer? That is the question…
Below are some tips to keep in mind that may help you make healthy choice that still allow you to enjoy and indulge in moderation. (webmd.com)
Before You Order
If you are familiar with the menu, decide what to order before entering the restaurant. This tactic will help you avoid any tempting foods that may not be as healthy.
Have the server remove temptations (such as the breadbasket) from the table.
Drink two full glasses of water before your food arrives.
Avoid foods described in the following way: buttery, buttered, fried, pan-fried, creamed, escalloped, au gratin (with cheese), or a la mode (with ice cream).
When You Order
Order foods that are steamed, broiled, grilled, stir-fried, or roasted.
Order potatoes baked, boiled, or roasted instead of fried. Ask the server to leave off the butter and sour cream.
Order first so that you will not be influenced by other's choices.
Choose seafood, chicken, or lean red meat rather than fatty or processed meats; remove all visible fat from any meat.
Ask for steamed vegetables instead of fries.
Ask for the sauces and dressings on the side so you can control how much you eat.
Ask the server about ingredients or preparation methods for the dishes you're not familiar with.
For dessert, order sorbet or fresh, seasonal fruit without whipped cream or a topping.
When choosing from a salad bar, avoid items like grated cheese, potato salads, cream dressings, bacon bits, and croutons.
Use a squeeze of lemon instead of dressing on salads. Or try rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
If you opt for dressing on your salad, order the dressing on the side. Dip your salad fork into the dressing, then into the salad. You will consume less dressing if you just get a taste of it on each mouthful of salad rather than pouring it over the salad.
At the end of the evening make time to add in an evening walk. Walking 20-30 minutes after a meal not only aids in the digestion process, it will help to burn more calories allowing you to shed pounds faster.