You’ve been working with a nutritionist, and now, have a very strict diet plan in place, perhaps for losing weight, improving your overall health, or managing diabetes. Yet, for those times your friends and family get to go out, you’re left in a quandary: Do you accompany them and not eat, or do you just pass on the occasion?
The answer is neither. If you plan strategically, both ahead of time and at the restaurant, you can enjoy the occasion and get a nutritious, delicious meal out of it:
When are you going out? If it’s dinner, keep breakfast the same, opt for a light lunch, and eat most of your calories at the end of the day. If you’re going out to lunch, plan for a lighter meal when you’d ordinarily cook dinner at home.
Nearly all chains have their menus online, with calorie-counter websites providing exact ingredients, calories, fat grams, and cholesterol. To stay within your plan, go with lower-calorie options high in lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Many restaurants, chain or not, can accommodate dietary restrictions and can customize your order within their means. As such, consider asking for:
As a solid plan, if a restaurant offers a low-calorie section, order from it. If not, be sure to steer clear of:
By now, you have a solid idea about what constitutes a single serving: Pasta no bigger than a tennis ball and protein just the size of a stack of cards, for instance. So, use these measurements to portion out your food at the restaurants, and eat only what fits. Anything left over can be eaten over the next couple of days.
Did you know that it takes roughly 20 minutes after you’re done eating for your brain to tell your stomach you’re full? Those who eat fast tend to over-eat, so it’s advised that you take your time on your meal, talking or even drinking water as you do.
If you’re still at the early stages of dieting and need a stronger plan, why not start a customized and monitored approach through Medical Weight Loss Solutions? For a free initial consultation, call us today.