Smart Strategies for Eating Out at Restaurants

restaurantGoing out to eat is something nearly everyone loves to do. The problem is that it isn’t so great for your health. This is because seemingly innocent meals at restaurants are loaded with calories, fat and a plethora of other things that make them unhealthy. This doesn’t mean you have to stop going out to eat to be healthy, though. Dining out can be done in a healthy way if you have the right strategy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you to stay healthy while eating awayt from home.

What’s the Big Deal?

Tufts University studied the calorie counts of restaurants in three major cities during a three-year period and found some interesting things. They found:

  • Large portion sizes.
  • Recommended daily amount of calories can be exceeded in just one meal.
  • The average meal was 1,200 calories.

Even the salads at some of the restaurants studied were 1,000 calories! It all boils down to the fact that meals in restaurants are big, and because of that they contain a lot of calories. So, what can you do about it?

Share a Meal

Save calories at every meal out by sharing it with someone else. If you share a main dish then you’re getting half of the calories, and you can always order a side salad with a low-calorie dressing to go with it so you feel more satisfied.

Cut the Portion with an Appetizer

If you really take a look at the main courses a lot of restaurants offer, they are huge! You can cut down on portion size by ordering an appetizer as your main course.

On the Side

Sauces and dressings should be ordered on the side. This is a great way to control how much of it goes on your meal and that’s important because dressings and sauces tend to be pretty high in calories.

That’s a Wrap

Leftovers are not only good for your waistline, they’re good for your wallet, too. If you want to order a large main dish and no one wants to share, then just box up half of it and voila – there’s lunch or dinner tomorrow.

It’s All About the Vegetables

When you go out to eat, order a dish with a lot of vegetables! Usually, these dishes offer you a lot of food without a lot of calories, but you should inquire how they’re made. If they have a lot of oil in them it won’t matter if they’re vegetables or not!

Eating out can be done healthily if you just employ a few strategies to keep those calories down and the nutrients up!

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