If you are like many people, eating out is likely an important part of your social calendar. Whether you're meeting friends or family, going on a date, or planning a happy hour with your colleagues, you may fear that your plans to lose weight will be a big wrecking ball in your social life. Eating has become a natural part of socializing and eating out can be difficult if you try to eat healthy.
Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. You can take meals – including dinner – while staying on track to lose weight. In fact, dinner should always be part of your daily menu. Skipping a meal can cause your metabolism to slow down, making it more difficult to lose weight in the long run. It is what you order that makes the biggest difference to your overall success.
There is no question that it can be easy to go astray when eating in a restaurant. There are many tempting, unhealthy options and many seemingly healthy choices that are actually diet traps.
Here, at NutrisystemWe believe that you don't have to sacrifice your social life or joy to lose weight. For this reason, we have created a dinner edition of "order this" and "avoid this" to guide you to the best possible dinner decisions. Don't let a meal sabotage your hard work and weight loss!
How to live a social life without breaking your diet
Go for grilled
Fried foods contain many calories and fats. While these are some of the most enticing options on the menu, it is important that you avoid these diet catastrophes. Instead of greasy fried foods, choose options that are grilled to save fat and calories. With grilled dishes, excess fat drips off when cooking.
Choose a lean protein like chicken, shrimp, or fish and choose grilled instead of fried. Sometimes the terminology can throw you in a loop and the menu may not specifically say "fried". Avoid meals that are whipped, breaded, baked, or baked in the name or description. In addition to grilled, you can also look for foods that are steamed or grilled for a dietary option.
Watch your portions
When you eat in a restaurant, portion size is one of the biggest problems you often face. To counteract this, you can choose a healthy starter as a starter or portion your dinner before you even eat it. For example, ask your server to pack half of the meal immediately or share half with a friend. You can even see the soups and side dishes as a choice for dinner. Together, a broth-based chicken soup and a side salad could make a healthy meal.
Fill up on fruits and vegetables
Instead of unhealthy side dishes such as French fries or onion rings, choose a side salad, steamed vegetables or fresh fruit. When your meal is served, fill up these pages first. You will be less tempted to eat your entire appetizer and you will get a serving or more of fruits and vegetables.
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Don't be afraid to order "From" the menu
If you're in a restaurant where nothing looks healthy, don't be afraid to ask for something that isn't exactly on the menu. For example, if you are serving a fish dish in butter, ask if you can steam or fry your dish. The same applies to vegetarian side dishes. Many restaurants serve their vegetables with melted butter, but don't be afraid to ask about yours, which was steamed without butter. You can also request simple swaps, e.g. B. White bread with wholemeal bread, white rice with brown and grilled egg white instead of fried. Most restaurants like to do what they need to please their guests.
Hand over the bread basket (directly to you)
We all did it – we treated ourselves to bread and butter before we even ate. It's so tempting to just sit there. However, try to pass this bread basket straight to you without taking one. Better yet, ask the server to take it away. Refined carbohydrates like bread can cause an increase in blood sugar, which actually makes you hungry. Therefore it is difficult to take only one piece.
Skip the pasta
So many pasta dishes are loaded with creamy sauces and cheeses that can skyrocket fat and calories. Also, there aren't many restaurants that use whole wheat pasta. If you can, avoid these dishes entirely when eating out. However, if you absolutely want pasta, stick to a dish without a cream sauce like spaghetti marinara or a dish with olive oil and garlic. Alfredo dishes are among the worst on the menu and contain lots of cheese, oil and calories.
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Be tired of the salad department
Although salads are often viewed as a “go-to” for a healthy dinner, restaurants typically use dressings that are shockingly high in fat and calories. Mix some toppings like bacon, cheese, and croutons and it is suddenly one of the least healthy dishes on the menu.
Salad can be a good choice if you eat out, stick to a low-fat or fat-free dressing, and limit your toppings to healthy options like grilled chicken, diced vegetables, nuts, and seeds. If there is a dressing that you really love, ask it by the way and mix it sparingly. You can also bring your own bottle of healthy salad dressing to avoid the overall dilemma.
Avoid sugary drinks
Finally, it should be mentioned that your choice of drinks can easily mislead you when eating. Don't drink your calories with your meal by choosing sodas or juices. Instead, opt for water, unsweetened iced tea, and black coffee. If you don't feel clear water, ask for a lemon or lime slice to add some flavor.
Avoid sugary mixers and sweet sips when drinking alcohol. Instead, choose dry wine, light beer or mixed drinks with simple alcohol and seltzer. At Nutrisystem we recommend a maximum of two servings of alcohol a week. Spread them and try not to have them on the same day. Click here to learn more about alcohol and weight loss. >
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