One thing is to follow your diet regimen when you are at home, controlling the contents of your refrigerator and the size of your portions. But what about going out to dinner with friends? Worse, how do you stay on the road when your dream vacation has you sitting in the dessert cart at every meal?
Eating well when you are outside your comfort zone can be easier than when you are at home, as long as you think intelligently and plan ahead. Focus on these simple tips to help you enjoy your dinner in the city without compromising your weight loss goals.
Incorporate meals like any other. Do not skip meals beforehand. Plan. Don't be afraid to call ahead and find out what the special offers will be and discover a couple of options. If that is not an option, ask someone who feels comfortable sharing your dietary concerns for help. Tell him what foods he can eat (or what he can't eat) and ask the person to fill a plate. Or second, walk to the buffet table (s) beforehand without a plate. Just take an informal walk and see what foods are served. Then, decide if you want to ask another person to place your selections on a plate for you or if you prefer to get them yourself.
Eat slow. Not only will this help with your digestion, but it will slow down your diet so that you realize it before when it is full. Place your eating utensils while chewing. Take a sip of water between snacks.
Have fun on the road
Eating out is a way of building relationships, enjoying the company of others. Unfortunately, for those of us who seek to reduce what and how much we eat, this can make previously enjoyable dinner dates a feared and avoided task. It does not have to be this way. Opt for a restaurant with salads and low-fat menu options instead of a place with all the fried battered menu items and heavy desserts.
Another option is to choose an old favorite and divide it with a partner. This way, you will not feel private and your portion size will be automatically limited. Not only will your waistlines be smaller, but also your bills!
There is no law that says you should have a basket of bread, butter and oil before eating out. If you are at your table when you are sitting, ask to be brought back to the kitchen.
Prepare for success when ordering, asking them to eliminate oils and sauces. Request that your meat and vegetables are steamed, not fried. Order a salad (with light dressing or no dressing) or vegetables instead of fries or mashed potatoes.
Everything is in the portions
Restaurant portions are significantly larger than actual portion sizes; An average size will replace more than properly the normal size of your food. Most restaurants offer medium sizes (at smaller prices). If these are not on the menu, just ask, and it is very likely that your request will be answered. Alternatively, you can request your dog bag in advance. If you are not offered to pack half of your meal, decide for yourself (before you start eating) what is the appropriate serving size and wrap the rest.
There is no rule that you should order your food from the ticket list. Examine the snack menu for attractive (and smaller) options. You can also create a delicious and unique meal by combining several side dishes.
Drink lots of water before going out to the restaurant and while waiting for the food to arrive. This will help you feel satisfied and avoid indulgences inspired by hunger.
Request that you first take out your salad (and / or soup, if it is not creamy), and dig. By the time your meal arrives, you should be able to more rationally determine which portion sizes are appropriate, and if something is necessary. avoided
Do not order dessert until you have completely finished your meal. You may be too full to eat dessert and remember, even if everyone is splurging on the dessert menu, you don't have to join just to be part of the "gang." Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea to finish your meal. Or ask someone to serve you a dessert if there is something you really want.
Holidays should be a time to pamper yourself and have fun. Although it leads to eating out more frequently, it also eliminates many of the temptations of the day. For example, you will not be wandering into the kitchen when you are bored, or in excess in the grocery store and then you will feel "forced" to eat what you have bought.
Spend time in the pool, in the sand and in stores, not in restaurants. Most holiday hot spots are ideal for eating while traveling; You can buy a small meal from a vendor on the road and eat it while walking along the promenade and enjoying the sights and sounds.
Do not make food about suffering. If the smell of saltwater caramel envelops you, treat yourself. Having a small amount will satisfy your cravings without compromising your diet.
Try to make a rule like: "If I eat, I also need to enjoy a fun activity: walking, biking, swimming, playing tennis, putt-putt, etc." Then coordinate the "pairings" or daily events with meal planning. Life, including vacations, does not have to be just food. Nor do you have to focus on food.
Do not stress
With the right approach, eating out can be a pleasant experience. Remember, a successful diet is a lifelong lifestyle modification. You should be able to incorporate healthy activities to eat away from home in your routine.
Holidays and meals outside are intended to be pleasant. If you go overboard a bit, it is important not to hit yourself. Forgive and go on with life. Simply use that experience to learn where you can improve the next time you are in that situation and then add some additional activities to your agenda. Swim a few laps. Walk or jog. Leave your wallet in the trunk and go to a mall to walk around the store. Take a tour. To visit a museum. Enjoy a park and feed the ducks. Just go out, focus on something else and enjoy life.
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