The average American eats 2 out of 3 meals away from their homes. This is easy to believe with the busy lifestyles many families lead. You don’t have to choose between weight-loss and eating out. Many restaurants are changing their menus to suit weight-conscious Americans.
Plan your evening eating out ahead of time so you can prepare your body. Banking calories is an easy way to avoid weight gain. Simply cut calories in the meals prior to dining out, so you can afford to eat a little more. However, keep in mind that banking calories are about cutting back, not cutting out completely. Some people skip meals throughout the day so they can stuff themselves at the restaurant. They often end up eating more than if they had eating 2 small meals prior to a sensible dinner out.
Exercise a little extra the days prior to your evening out. It is always great to burn some extra calories and build lean muscle tissue that keeps your metabolism going strong for hours after your physical activity.
Before you go out, plan on a general order. If you wait until you arrive, the smell and visions of tantalizing foods can be the death of your current weight-loss. Try not to even look at the menu! It is recommended to stick with a fresh fish or chicken special of the day, with a side salad or soup, and a roll or baked potato. Stick to the basics and you will be set both nutrition and calorie wise.
Try to be the first one to order. Ever notice how people follow suit when other people order something unhealthy. Maybe it is less guilt if someone else does it too? By ordering first you will be less likely to change your mind, and others may even be inspired and follow your healthy lead.
Don’t be afraid to ask your server questions, you are the customer after all. Some menus don’t list the healthier options so ask you server for any suggestions making your meal lighter such as low-fat or fat-free milk and fresh fruit.
It is recommended by dieting professionals to start your meal with water, diet drinks, salads, and clear soups. This will help curb your appetite before you eat your main course.
Once you are served, enjoy your meal. Never dine out in a rush! You’ve probably paid a lot of money for your meal so why not savor every bit? It takes ten to twenty minutes for your brain to fully register you are full.
While eating out go easy on the alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is loaded with unnecessary calories and no nutrients. Be especially limited on sweet flavored mixed drinks as they are extremely high is sugar.
After you’ve enjoyed your mean, have the table cleared of leftovers immediately. Out of site means out of mind when it comes to food. If you really must have dessert, share one with someone.
It is common to feel like hitting the hay after a large meal, think Thanksgiving night. This feeling of drowsiness hits because the heart pumps extra blood and oxygen into your digestive tract and away from your brain. This feeling can be avoided with a short walk, or a little stretching.