It’s difficult to eat out with people who are not on diets. Most of the times, they do not eat for their health but their taste buds and this can make you feel like you should eat to enjoy yourself too. However, you are different. You have a goal in mind and goals do not stop. People do. So when you go out to eat, understand that restaurant is just a pit stop on your journey to your goal body.
- Do Not Eat Until You Are Full
Somewhere in America, it was this idea created that we are supposed to eat until we are completely stuffed and I cannot tell you how bad of a concept this is if you are on a diet. Think about sharing a meal if you know that it will be more than you need or even ask for a to go box for your food so you can have a quick meal later. But most importantly, listen to your body and when you start to feel satisfied is usually when you should stop eating. Your brain takes about 20 minutes to register that you are full so you do not have to keep eating until you are full, just stick to the portions that you know are on par with your plan. Keep track of what you eat and use your eyes to measure out portions for example a typical serving size of meat is about the size of a deck of cards.
- Look At The Menu Online
In today’s age, one can come to the restaurant and order without even needing a menu from the server. You can even look at nutritional facts of many restaurants before you get there as the menus at the restaurants do not have detailed nutritional information. By doing your research ahead of time, you put yourself in a better position to be successful in not falling to temptation and you have an accurate idea of how what you will eat will fit into your diet plan. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” –Ben Franklin
- Be The First to Order
Being the first person to order allows you to pick a healthy choice and not second guess yourself. The biggest key to a diet is not about how strongly you can resist temptation to give in but how can you avoid temptation. Do not even put yourself in the position to fail. Keep snacks out of your house and on the days when you get a cheat meal, go buy it in small sales not wholesale. When you order first, you miss out on hearing all the savory yet unhealthy meals that your friends will partake in. This will allow you not to hear something else and change your choice. If you do not have the opportunity to order first for whatever reason, make your choice, remember it, and close your menu until it is time to hand over the menu to be taken.
- Do Not Get Caught Up With Fancy Words
Words mean things. Companies know this and this is what they use to promote taste and appeal to customers’ emotions. By appealing to customers with words, they can even influence how you think something taste. When you prepare to taste that juicy steak, your mouth is already watering. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. Beware of these adjectives that are designed to seduce you.
- Stay Away From The Empty Calories
Every time I go out to eat with my mother, (yes, every time), she always gets full off of salad and the bread that they bring out before the meal. Not only does this ruin the experience of going out, as you do not get a chance to taste the meal in its original glory, but you also make a meal out of fat and calories that go against your nutritional plan and take away your appetite from the healthy foods to come. Make a meal out of appetizers if you want. The portion sizes of these are much smaller but beware that most appetizers are not healthy so pay attention.
If you use these tips, you should be successful in going out to eat with family, friends, co-workers, or whoever. Stay strong and if you give in to temptation, no worry. Just know that you will have to go a little harder in the gym to burn off that piece of cheesecake you did not account for. It is ok to cheat every now and then but don’t make a habit of it. Remember fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.