Dining out might be fun, but it’s also difficult for those on a diet. These tips can help you avoid temptations, and still dine out well.
When you’re on a diet, it can be difficult to eat out, especially if you’re eating out with friends. You might feel pressured to eat as much as your friends, or you might feel embarrassed if you’re going to order something “healthy and light”, when your friends are ordering calorie-laden dishes from the menu. It becomes even more difficult when you’re in the restaurant itself and you’re looking at the menu; those gorgeous, glossy pictures showing sinful and delicious dishes that you know will break your diet in a heartbeat.
Luckily, there are some ways that you can still stick to your diet when dining out without sacrificing your meal. You only need a little bit of self-discipline and strategizing beforehand.
Do Your Research!
These days, you don’t even need to physically go to a restaurant to find out their menu. Most restaurants already have a social media presence where you can research their dishes, and even those that don’t have a website usually have reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor. What’s more, many restaurants are also becoming more aware of diners wanting healthier options, and they offer healthier dishes on their menu.
Knowing what you want from a restaurant’s menu before you go there will make you less likely to order high-calorie dishes, as well as getting tempted by other dishes.
Ask your Server if Swaps are Available
A lot of people are embarrassed to ask their server for ingredient swaps because they fear that they would be seen as “difficult” diners, but if you are polite and sincere with your request, most servers would actually be happy to at least take your requests into account. Look for items that would be easy to swap for other ingredients, such as asking your server if your meal can be cooked in olive oil instead of butter, or asking if your salad dressing can be placed on the side. You can also consider asking your server if it’s possible to change out the sides, for example, swapping rice for roasted vegetables. These small substitutions can add up, and you might be surprised how many calories can be cut out from your meal!
Of course, you should still be aware of the food swaps that you are asking for, and making sure that these food swaps are still reasonable. What’s more, there are times when food swaps might cost you a little bit more.
Make Sure to Read the Menu Thoroughly
Restaurants will often have descriptions available for their food items, so make sure that you read these descriptions well. Look for items that are cooked in healthier ways, such as baking, roasting, or steaming, as opposed to fried items. You should also avoid items that have dairy or fat in them, with words like “creamy”, “rich”, or “alfredo”.
Don’t Go Overly Hungry
Just like going to the grocery store, you should not eat out when you’re overly hungry. You tend to order more, and you tend to order heavier food items when you are hungry. Make sure that you eat at the correct time, and if you’re feeling hungry, you might want to drink a glass of water or two before ordering so that you’re not too hungry.
You can also have a light snack in between meals so that you don’t eat too much during your regular meals. Light snacks such as vegetable sticks (without dressing) or nuts are filling and satisfying.
Split your Meal, and Balance it Out
Most restaurants have dishes that are huge, and are actually meant for sharing (even though it’s not explicitly stated). You can split these dishes with friends so that you won’t consume too many calories. If you find that these dishes aren’t as filling, you can then consider balancing out your meal with other healthy items on the menu. Look for a light salad, whole grain breads, or some clear soup to balance out your meal and make it more satisfying.
Drink Supplements Beforehand
One of the things that you can do to suppress your appetite before eating out is to take supplements. Supplements can help curb your cravings, so that you won’t be tempted to order too many things when you’re dining out.
Burniva is a safe and natural weight loss supplement that you can take to help you stick to your diet. Taking Burniva can help suppress your appetite, so you won’t order heavy dishes from the menu. Burniva contains green tea extracts, caffeine, and bitter orange extracts. These ingredients have been proven to increase the metabolic rate, as well as decrease food cravings. Burniva is safe for consumption.