In most parts of the world, having at least an occasional dinner out is commonplace. This is especially so in the western world. Does eating out constantly mean a barrage of unhealthy crap food? Not necessarily, believe it or not. I address this in more detail in the Strategic Nutrition Guide. But as for today let’s just focus on a few tips yea?
One: Skip The Appetiser
Well, unless you are skipping a main. I’m guessing that you’re not. Surprisingly to some, there are appetisers that contain more calories and fat than the main course? This is especially so for those that are fried and served with heavy sauces. These contribute to your intake of saturated fat as well as trans fats and calories. It is not a healthy way to start your meal.
Two: Choose The Right Kind Of Foods
While a lot of focus in general is on quantity – and rightly so, people tend to neglect quality. You see, if you go for broiled and grilled rather than fried food, you’re in a better position to not pack on the kilos. As a bonus, you’ll also avoid trans fats which are so prevalent in fried foods. You can even kick it up a notch and ask for more vegetables instead of other components.
You have heard the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables recommended for optimal health, right? Newsflash! Most people in the western world are not meeting the mark. As an added tip, ask for sauces and “extras” to be placed in a separate dish on the side so you can control the amount you eat.
Three: Choose Salad
Ah yea, I get a lot of flak for being a vegetarian, with “salad” often being a part of the hard time that I get from others. But if you do get a healthy salad, you’ll be on your way to a healthy waistline too. If you pick a good one, you will be filled up and therefore consume fewer calories. Furthermore, it will load you up with heaps of healthy antioxidants!
Four: Pick Your Desserts Carefully
We often associate desserts with sugar and fat, and rightly so! Most of them are indeed part of the indulgence. So if you really need to have one, go for a low fat or low carbohydrate dessert selection such as a low carb cheesecake. These are wise choices for the health conscious eater and still allow you to end the meal on a sweet note. No dessert on the menu? Try a cup of coffee with skim milk instead.
Five: Careful Of The Drinks
Okay, another thing which I cover in the Strategic Nutrition Guide in a lot of detail. Drinks contain calories – there’s no escaping this. Except for water of course. Instead of grabbing a soft drink or beer, why not try getting iced tea instead?
The next time you go out for dinner, which I’m guessing is soon, do keep the above-mentioned tips in mind. You will be surprised how many calories you are able to cut out of your meal just by ordering the right foods, or by modifying those on the menu. Don’t be obsessed about your eating, but do be mindful of it. Good stuff!
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