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Lose Weight Using These Easy Dining Out Tips!

Aug 12, 2008
Would you benefit from dining out tips designed to help you make wise food choices? The National Restaurant Association reports that American restaurants bring in a total of 500 billion dollars in sales annually! Imagine what that figure must be worldwide! With grocery prices soaring, the majority of mothers working outside of the home, and so many people working long hours and living hectic lives, is it any wonder that we don't cook anymore?

Even with the rise in obesity rates and other weight-related health issues, people are still flocking towards restaurants. Given this fact, it's imperative that people are educated and encouraged to make healthy choices. Following these quick and easy dining out tips can help you be successful as you pursue your weight loss goals.

Never show up famished! Saving up all day for your special meal is not good for your metabolism and sets you up for failure. Eat light but regularly throughout the day. If you are especially hungry, eat a small salad or a cup of soup before ordering the remainder of your meal.

It's important to plan out your meal, at least in general terms, before arriving at the restaurant. You may not know the exact menu, but you'll be able to guess your options. Think about all the courses, from appetizers to dessert. Come up with a plan and stick to it when you arrive.

Split a meal with your dining companion or order an appetizer as your meal. Save money and have room for dessert. If that's not an option for you then eat half and carry the other half home.

Order all dressings and sauces on the side and use only a small amount. Order your food grilled, broiled, or roasted--never fried! Know that foods described as "smoked", "barbecued", or "teriyaki" are going to have high sodium and anything "breaded", "sauted", "au gratin", "scalloped", or "creamed" is going to be high in fat.

Another important dining out tip is to order only one glass of wine or alcoholic beverage. The more you drink, the less likely you are to stick to your plan. If dessert is your thing, order one for the whole table so everyone can share.

A good dining out tip is to ask the waiter to keep the breadbasket or chip basket. If your dining companions want these items, then decide ahead of time exactly how much you will have and stick to the plan!

Remember that it takes your stomach 20 minutes to realize it has had enough, so slow down your eating process! Eat slowly and really enjoy each bite. Put down your fork and wait a minute between bites. Focus on the conversation instead of your food. Be aware of your hunger and stop eating when you're no longer hungry. Don't wait to be full!

At a buffet, use the salad-sized plates for your meal. Stay away from the salad bar with the exception of the fresh lettuce that you fix yourself. No creamy dressings! Don't load your salad up with croutons, sunflower seeds, and cheese. Add only vegetables or beans. The other "salads" are loaded with fat and calories. Stay away from them. Choose meat from the carving station and add some vegetables. Allow yourself one small dessert.
About the Author
Gail M. Davis offers additional incredible dining out tips to help you enjoy your restaurant experience while slim down. She has an entire website devoted to weight-related issues and easy weight loss tips to help jump-start your diet.
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