Dining Out While Dieting

August 19th, 2009

dining-out-dietI’m going to be honest with you – I’m not into cooking. The McDonald’s drive-thru window might be one of my favorite places. It is fast, convenient, and I am happy with the food I get. However, it is not always the best for my diet. Although, if you must eat out, there are ways to do so and still maintain a healthy diet. Here are some suggestions.

-If the restaurant offers an appetizer menu, order from it. Or, try ordering a side salad.

-Avoid too much pasta and try to only eat one entrée.

-It is easy to think, “I am eating protein, I’m ok.” However, fried chicken is not always healthy. Try a grilled, leaner option when you are dieting.

-Try asking the restaurant to boil something rather than frying it to cut down on the calories.

-Sauces and condiments add calories so be careful.

-Try to eat half the meal and take the rest home.

-Do you research before you go to a restaurant so you know what the healthiest options are and you can pick the best choice for you.

-Avoid buffets because you will just overeat.

Everyone will ultimately have to eat out at some point while dieting. It is possible to find a healthy option and still enjoy your experience.