Does the thought of eating out while trying to lose weight stress you out?
Every meal out doesn’t need to be reserved for a “cheat meal.” It is possible to eat at restaurants AND be healthy. You just need a few tricks up your sleeve so you can be prepared to make the best choices.
We’ve got some top strategies you can use to go out to eat without sabotaging your goals!
1. Scan the menu ahead of time
Check out the menu beforehand and see what fits your goals best!
Opt for leaner cuts of meats (sirloin or filet instead of ribeye or NY strip), steamed or baked carbs and veggies instead of those smothered and covered in sauces and condiments.
And watch out for those salads! Just because it’s a salad doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Leave out all the high-calorie cheese and croutons, and always opt for a low-calorie dressing.
2. Ask your server
Don’t be afraid to ask your server if there’s healthier menu items available. Ask if your food can be grilled, steamed or baked without extra butter or oils.
This can literally mean a difference of hundreds of calories and tons of unnecessary fat. If they can’t accommodate, pick the best option and watch your portions.
3. Don’t go starving
Eat a filling snack or meal before you eat out. This will enable you to avoid making decisions based on extreme hunger. Eat plenty of protein, and if you know your meal will be higher fat but lower carb, limit fats the rest of the day, and vice versa!
4. Box it up or share
Restaurants often serve twice as much as you need for a standard serving. Be mindful of your portions and box up the rest for a later meal. Also, feel free to split an entrée with another person.
5. Eat slow & drink lots of water
Slow down, savor each bite, put your fork down between bites and engage in conversation. This works wonders for not overindulging and giving your stomach enough time to know when you are full.
Drinking plenty of water before arriving and while at the restaurant is also a great strategy to prevent overeating.
6. Take a carb blocker
Our doctor-approved Carb Cut Complete helps to inhibit the absorption of carbs and sugar from the GI tract. Formulated with science-backed, natural ingredients, Carb Cut Complete can help:
✓ Curb unhealthy cravings
✓ Promote healthy weight management
✓ Provide energy support
✓ Improve glucose metabolism while keeping blood sugar levels in check
Just simply take 30 minutes before a carb-heavy meal!