We all know the scenario: You want to lose the extra weight that has been sticking to your midsection. So you set up a strict diet regimen for yourself and follow it to a tee. You seem to be making real progress, and you feel motivated. Then you get invited to eat out. All your dieting goes out the window, and it’s time to splurge. Hey, you’re treating yourself just this once, right? You’re not like the average American who goes out to eat 2-3 times a week. Or are you?
It’s possible to enjoy eating in restaurants and still lose weight. Follow these simple steps for eating right in restaurants.
Research the Menu
Check out the restaurant’s menu before you go. You can access almost any menu online to find their healthy menu options. Looking in advance gives you time to make a healthy choice and plan out the rest of your meals for the day.
Try to avoid items that have been sautéd, stir-fried or pan-fried. Instead choose items that are grilled, broiled or steamed. These items are normally cooked without added fats like oils or butter. Also, avoid dishes with cheese or heavy sauces which are high fat. Take it one step further by choosing lean proteins, like chicken or fish, or go the vegetarian route.
Have the waiter remove the bread basket after you’ve had your share. The bottomless bread basket is an easy way to add up the calories before you’ve even seen the first course. You can also skip the butter and replace it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Restaurant portions can be huge. Splitting an entree in half, either by taking the other half home or sharing it with a friend, is a simple way to cut the calories in half. If you can’t decide on something to share, ask your server to box half of your meal before it even makes it to the table. You can also cut portion sizes down by ordering an appetizer as your main course.
Skip the soda. Why waste your calories on a beverage when they could be better spent on your meal? Take this opportunity to enjoy one of the eight glasses of water you should drink per day. As for alcohol, it’s high in calories, low in nutrients and can weaken your willpower. It’s best to abstain.
If you must satisfy that sweet tooth, stick to natural sugars. You can’t go wrong with sorbets, sherbets or fresh fruit for dessert. If the chocolate-drizzled cheesecake is simply irresistible, ask for extra forks and split it with the rest of your table. Your friends and your waist will thank you.
The benefits of eating right are undeniable. This is especially true when it comes to saving money on your term life insurance policy. A healthy diet and smaller waistline could help reduce your premiums. Let your term life insurance broker know if you are dieting or have recently gained or lost weight. They will assist you in choosing the best life insurance company for you and your lifestyle.