Dining out while dieting is where many people hit a stumbling block in their diet. The temptation to opt for a dish that is high in fat and served with a rich, creamy sauce can spoil the effort that you have made to lose weight for the rest of the week. However, it is not necessary to avoid dining out altogether. Here are some tips for dining out whilst dieting.
A Glass of Water
Taking the simple step of drinking a glass of water before you leave home can reduce your appetite making you less likely to overeat while you are dining out. Similarly, drinking water with your meal will help to prevent you from overindulging.
Choose Your Venue Carefully
There are some cuisines that are more likely to offer a menu with lots of high fat and high-calorie meals. For example, fast food restaurants and fish and chip shops are places that are best avoided whilst you are on a diet.
Choose Meals Wisely
Take your time to read the menu and choose a meal that you will enjoy but that is also a good option for while you are on your diet. If you are unsure of whether a meal contains ingredients that are high in fat and calories, then ask your server for advice. Try to select a venue where there is a wide choice of food available on the menu or one that offers a salad bar.
Avoid the Sauce
The majority of sauces are high in calories and fat, so avoid these if possible. If the sauce is optional, then don’t order one. If you find food too dry without a sauce then choose one that is vegetable based, such as a tomato sauce, rather than sauces that are cream based, such as peppercorn or brandy sauce. Similarly, ask for salads without the sauce.
The accompaniments served with the main part of your meal can make a big difference. If your meal comes with a choice of potatoes, then avoid fries and opt for boiled potatoes or a jacket. A salad is also a good dieting choice as an accompaniment to your food. Other additional items to avoid include side orders of garlic bread or onion rings.
It is probably best to avoid desserts while on a diet. However, if you have a sweet tooth and can’t resist, then opt for a fruit salad, meringue or ice-cream. Do not order extra cream or custard to accompany your dessert as this will only increase your overall fat and calorie intake.
The drinks you choose can also make a significant impact on your calorie intake when eating out. Although most drinks are low in fat or fat-free, they are often high in sugar and calories. If you are drinking soft drinks, then opt for the diet options. In terms of alcoholic drinks, spirits are the best choice. Drink these wither straight, with soda water or with low-calorie sodas. This is great news for G&T lovers!