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Five Quick Tips for Ordering Right in Restaurants For Weight Loss
We’ve all been there! We’re a week or two into our “diet” and we have been invited out to dinner and drinks with our friends. Now we’re feeling conflicted: “I haven’t seen them in a while. I really want to go. But I have done so well, I don’t want to mess up. Will there be anything I can eat?”
Check the menu online! Most restaurants have a website that includes their menu. This will allow you to review the menu quietly before you arrive at the restaurant. It will allow you to make a decision without the influence of your dining companions, and avoid being put on the spot regarding your dietary choices.
Call ahead! If you have looked at the menu and have any questions at all, call the restaurant! This will allow you to ask how the food is prepared without bringing (potentially unwanted) attention to your concerns in the restaurant.
Read the menu! Most restaurants do a pretty good job describing their food. Normally because descriptive words are shown to improve the perception of a menu item. But, that is good for someone watching what they eat. If it says steamed, poached, roasted, or broiled, it is likely a good choice. If it says crispy, cream sauce, fried, etc – it may be something to avoid!
Sauces on the Side! Many salads, pastas, steaks, etc. come smothered in sauces (i.e. calories). Ask for your sauces on the side. You can then control the amount of extra calories and sugar that is added to your meal. If you want some extra flavor, and are unsure of the ingredients of a sauce or dressing, as for balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and use it to make your own dressing/sauce – keeping it gluten/sugar free!
Get to know your waiter! Your waiter is in the service industry. Most of them want to really help you find the right dish. Don’t be afraid to ask how something is prepared. Be nice. Be courteous. Ask them: How big is the portion? How is it prepared? Is there a smaller portion of this item?
If you follow these five steps when ordering in a restaurant, you will be well on your way to meeting your weight loss goals without being derailed by a fun, social night out with friends!
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