1. Skip the sugary drinks
Sugar is very calorie and carbohydrate dense. It doesn’t matter what kind of drink you get, you’re still filling yourself up with empty calories. Excess calories = excess fat. Opt for water or unsweetened tea.
2. Appetizers are a good thing
To prevent yourself from getting more food than you need to, appetizers are good to temporarily fill your hunger while you’re waiting for your entree. Get a side salad or non creamy soup. If you, however, want to get something fried, remove the breading because that’s where all the oil is absorbed into.
3. Sauce on side
Restaurants tend to smother the entree with sauce to add more flavor. More sauce adds calories to your meal, so by asking for your sauce on the side, you can control how much you’re putting on your food.
4. Lean meats
Choose an entree that contains chicken, seafood, turkey, or lamb. Steak can be fattening depending on what you get, so choose sirloin rather than ribeye and filet mignon
5. More vegetables
Choose as many vegetables as you can for your sides because they’ll have more nutritional value. Sides like mashed potatoes and mac and cheese are high in fat and have empty calories.
6. Brown rice and whole grain
It’s not readily available in every restaurant, but if there is an option, go for it. Brown rice and whole grain is in its natural state, so you’re getting more nutrients eating it than if you’re eating refined carbohydrates.
7. Watch how it’s cooked
Choose food that’s grilled, baked, steamed, or broiled to lessen amount of oil used when prepared. Stay away from fried, sauteed, and stir fried foods.
8. Easy on the oil or ask to use a broth
It may sound crazy, but at least your food won’t be drenched in oil when it comes on the table. Some restaurants such as PF Chang’s have an option to sear your food in vegetable broth rather than oil. Don’t be afraid to ask.
9. Control your portions
If you’re feeling full, don’t force yourself to eat more than you need to. Pack your food and eat it on another day or share a meal with a friend. Some restaurants offer a smaller portion because dinner portions are usually large.
It’s probably better to skip dessert, but if there’s a fruit bowl option, choose that. If you really want to have that cake, split with a friend to decrease the calorie count.
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