We all enjoy eating out. You know yourself that it is sometimes difficult to make healthy choices when you go to a restaurant. Even though you may have developed some good eating habits and will usually deny yourself your favorite things to eat, the temptations staring you right in the face from the inside of a menu can be too hard to resist.
During these times, if you can just stay focused on your goal to lose weight and get healthy, you will be more likely to resist temptation. The following ‘10 Laws of Dining Out’ may just help you to stay on track:
1. Drink 8 12-ounce glasses of water 30 minutes before your meal.
2. Don't ‘save’ calories by fasting all day and overeating at dinner.
3. Order a ‘to-go’ box and place half the order in the box at the beginning of the meal.
4. Always ask what ingredients are in a meal you are considering.
5. Assume that they will special-order anything on the menu for you.
6. Always choose items with the least amount of dressing, marinade and sauce.
7. Order steamed vegetables or a salad instead of white rice or white potatoes.
8. If you have a dessert, try one or two bites, and share the rest with those at your table.
9. The closer food is to being alive, the healthier it is for you (in most cases). Eating raw or steamed vegetables with every meal aids in digestion.
10. Warn the waitress/waiter that you are ‘high maintenance', tip well, and she/he will do anything you request!
By thinking ahead and planning your choices according to these 10 laws, you can enjoy eating out and still stay focused on your health and weight loss goals.
Laura Bockbrader is Director Corporate Wellness, Weight Loss Partners LLC. Laura has a passion for increasing the quality and quantity of peoples lives. A NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corporate Wellness Speaker, Laura brings over 10 years of experience helping people to make healthy lifestyle changes.
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