Dieting can be very difficult because it takes a great deal of willpower. When you are eating at home, it is easy to stick to your diet. When you go out to eat, it is a different story. If you are going to dinner for a celebration, for business, or just for a night out, there are a few tips that you should follow to stay on track with your diet so that you can reach your weight loss goal.
#1 Figure Out What You Want Before You Get There
Most restaurants today have their menu online. It is a good idea to go over the menu to find the healthiest dishes before you get there It will give you a chance to figure out which dish has the fewest calories and is the healthiest before it is time to order. When you get there, make sure you stick to your decision.
#2 Know What Words to Look For and What Words to Avoid
When you are skimming over the menu, you want to avoid any dishes that are pan fried or deep fried. Words that you should be looking for are broiled, baked, steamed. The way a dish is prepared has a great deal to do with how good it will be for your diet.
#3 Order First
Make sure that you are the first person at the table to order. If you hear the fatty, calorie filled dishes that your dining companions are ordering, it can be difficult for you to stick to the healthy dish that you were planning to order before you left the house.
#4 Stay Away From the Appetizers
It is a good idea to avoid ordering an appetizer. Most of the appetizer on a restaurant menu are fried or full of fat and calories. If you are offered bread or popcorn while you wait, refuse. These foods will just fill you up before your healthy meal comes, and they are full of empty calories.
#5 Avoid Toppings
If your meal comes with a salad, ask for the dressing on the side. If they put the dressing on for you, you cannot control how much dressing is on your salad. If you ask for it on the side, you can use just half of what the restaurant would put on. If you ordered a baked potato, ask for it without butter, sour cream, and other toppings. These toppings will make a relatively healthy dish into something that can wreak havoc on your diet.
#6 Watch What You Drink
The best drink order would be an ice water. If you are not a fan of water, stick to diet soda. If you want to have an alcoholic beverage, you need to watch what you drink. Tasty, fruity drinks are filled with empty calories. If you are going to have a drink with dinner, you should keep it under 150 calories. Some low-calorie options are a 5-ounce glass of wine, 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, or a 12-ounce light beer.
Just because you are dieting it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy dinner out occasionally. As long as you know what to order, you should be able to have a delicious dinner and still stick to your diet.