Unless you have extraordinary control over what you eat, dining out can really put a damper on your weight loss program. While many restaurants nowadays offer choices for many types of diets, it’s what’s on the rest of the menu that might tempt you to stray.
Americans spend half of their food dollars eating out. We all know the saying, You are what you eat. But as Americans eat more meals prepared outside of the home, that old saying could use an update — You are what you eat — and where you eat.
Often high in sugar, oil and salt, most restaurant food tends to be higher in calories than what you might prepare for yourself. Combine that with the fact that obesity in Americans is growing each year with as many as two thirds of Americans being overweight and you might come to the conclusion that eating out can be risky for your waistline.You are what you eat and where you eat.Click To Tweet
If you’re dining with a group that likes to savor the experience and order appetizers before the meal but did you know that restaurant appetizers tend to be extremely high in calories? For example, a basket of fried onions can have a whopping 2,000 calories. Eat a few appetizers to be polite and you’ll have to run the treadmill for hours to work it off!
And let’s not forget the free soda refills. Plus the soda glasses tend to be large to begin with so you are receiving greater servings of this sugary beverage. The tendency may be to order seconds because it’s free and you want to take advantage of that but remember, just the soda alone can put you far over your daily recommended allowance of calories for weight loss.
The buffet is probably one of the greatest restaurant challenges for any dieter. With so many choices you may be tempted to get one of everything! Since you can go back as many times as you want you might overindulge. You want to make sure you get your money’s worth, right?
Don’t give in to eating wrong foods just this once — make sure you stick to your diet plan. It’s best to avoid desserts entirely and choose entrees that have lots of vegetables. When your meal comes, set half aside immediately and even ask for a doggy bag right away so you won’t be tempted to eat the second half when the first is done. Don’t starve yourself before going out to eat and you will be better able to avoid eating those dinner rolls as well as overeating when the meal comes. If you are not starving when you order, it will be easier to order a healthy meal an stay away from fatty, high calorie entrees.