As you go about following your fat-loss diet plan, you will likely be challenged at some point or another with dining in a restaurant, cafe or just outdoors
When you cook at home, you are able to gain maximum control over your food intake, making sure that you keep your calorie intake in check.
When you dine out, however, you might feel at the mercy of another person – the chef.
And if you are not careful, you could walk away overly full, having consumed many more calories than your nutritional target.
Dining out can really set back your overall fat-loss results if you are not careful.
Which is why learning how to choose nutritious low-calorie foods from any menu is a must.
When you make smart decisions like the ones listed below, you can walk away from any restaurant with your diet in check.
1. Avoid All Fried Foods
This one should be self-explanatory.
Fried potatoes, fried onions, chicken-fried steak – anything cooked in a heavy dose of oil should be avoided.
2. Stay Away From Cream Sauces
Any sort of sauce based in heavy cream or butter is going to be dense in fat and calories.
3. Be Wary Of Appetizers
Most appetizers are loaded with calories, containing more than a single entrée!
4. Choose Grilled Chicken When In Doubt
Chicken is one of the leanest protein sources to opt for and when grilled meat contains minimal fat.
5. Avoid Anything Breaded
For these contain both fat and carbs, a double whammy to avoid at all times.
6. Do Not Indulge In The Bread Basket
This can add hundreds of calories to your meal, especially when slathered in butter or olive oil.
For a side dish, choose steamed vegetables.
Be sure to request them without butter to prevent excessive calorie consumption.
7. Opt For Broth-Based Soups Rather Than Creamy Varieties
This will keep your calorie content down.
8. Order Dressing On The Side
Add it yourself sparingly so that you can control how much you use.
Try to use only half of what is provided, if not less.
Request at least a few of the fixings off the salad.
Croutons, cheese, noodles and candied nuts can all increase the calorie content of your salad.
Ask for light sauce when ordering stir fry dishes.
Most chefs add way too much sauce, significantly increasing the calorie content.
9. Avoid Dessert At All Costs
Most restaurant desserts contain at least 800 calories.
If you must have dessert for a celebration or special occasion, split one between 3 or 4 people to control the portion.
10. Order Water
Order water to ensure you do not take in any extra calories through your beverage choice.
11. Choose Lean Cuts Of Steak
Steak can be a great choice when properly cut.
Avoid large meat serving sizes.
3-4 ounces is more than enough for most people, especially with a generous serving of veggies.
Order a half order when possible.
Most restaurants serve 2 or 3 times as much as an actual serving.
Especially for pasta dishes, so a half portion still gets you plenty of food – and a smaller bill.
These quick tips will help you feel comfortable and confident when eating out, even on a diet.
Make sure that you keep these suggestions in mind as you look through the menu and decide what to order.
Do not take your choice lightly here.
For if you make a bad decision, you could easily take in well over 1500 calories at that meal.
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