Monday, April 25, 2011

Dining Out Tips

Most people feel that when they are trying to lose weight, they have to forgo eating at restaurants. It is possible to dine out while trying to lose weight; you just need to make some smart menu choices. Here are a few tips to help you decode the menu.

Fatty Foods are often described as fried, basted, braised, au gratin, crispy, scalloped, pan-fried, stewed or stuffed.

Low-fat foods are usually listed as steamed, baked, broiled, roasted, sautéed, stir-fried, grilled or poached.
Avoid meats that are high in saturated fats, such as steak, hamburger, lamb or fatty pork.

If you decide to order pork, choose loin or cutlet. If you order the higher fat pork chop, cut off the excess fat that is always on it.

Start the meal with a light appetizer, such as soup (non-cream based) or salad, so you won’t overeat during the main course.

Most restaurants give bigger than normal portion sizes, so push half of the meal to the side and ask for a doggie bag.

Eat slowly and enjoy your food; remember it takes 20 minutes for your tummy to register it’s full.

If you are splurging, order an appetizer or a dessert, or a glass of wine, but not all three. If you choose the appetizer or dessert, share with a friend and save yourself some calories.

Opt for Asian or Mediterranean cuisine, which tends to be healthier. Request brown rice instead of white.

Ask for salad dressing on the side, and for the meat or fish, as well as vegetables, to be prepared without butter.

Use these tips while dining out and you won’t derail your diet. Enjoy!

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