Once in a while, you want to go out and eat. But eating out can sometimes jeopardize your diet as you cannot control the ingredients that are used to cook the food. This fear shouldn’t come in the way of enjoying a night out with friends or family. There are ways you can maintain your diet when eating out.
First of all, you have to make sure that you get to plan the outing. This way you get to choose which restaurant to go and therefore you can choose one that will help you in maintaining your diet.
Choice of restaurant
The best restaurant to choose is a vegetarian restaurant. This way you’ll know that high-calorie and high-fat food will not be served. This is not to imply that non-vegetarian meals are bad. If you go to a non-vegetarian restaurant, you’ll have to be extra careful about what you eat and this will take away your enjoyment of the company you’re with.
For example, even though many know that lean meat is better but most restaurants don’t serve lean meat. They’re more likely to serve the ordinary meat that is laden with fat. If you choose a vegetarian restaurant, you won’t worry about any extra fat that will add to your weight.
However, if the company you’re with wants to go to a non-vegetarian restaurant, be sure not to choose one that serves their food buffet style. The foods served at buffets are very high in calories and are usually deep fried and are most unsuitable in your goal of maintaining your diet. In fact, the foods at buffets would certainly add pounds to your weight.
When ordering salad, tell the chef to hold the dressings. Salad dressings are very high in calories and fat. Salads are healthy as they only consist of raw vegetables but the dressings on top of them are what will make the salads unhealthy and will jeopardize your diet. Have the salad but minus the dressings.
The portions at some restaurants can also be more than what you should be eating. If the portion is too big for you, ask for a doggy bag. Bring the food home to be eaten the next day. Control the portion you eat and you’ll be able to maintain your diet.
Maintaining your diet when eating out is possible if you’ve chosen the right restaurant and eat the right amount of food.