So many people fail in their diets and weight loss programs because they either avoid going out altogether and then finally binge or they just go out to eat but don’t know quite how to adjust what they order according to their goals.
On Tuesday I went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. So here’s how you DON’T eat healthy when you go out to eat. Texas Roadhouse has the most amazing dinner rolls on the face of the planet. Not to mention all the peanuts they have in the massive barrels that you can just chow down on while you wait. Luckily enough we didn’t have to wait long, but you’d be surprised how many you can eat in such a short amount of time. We sat down and I immediately began indulging in delicious rolls with their tasty cinnamon butter. Now, what should I order? I decided a sirloin steak wouldn’t be so bad, right? Well not when you order it smothered in sauteed mushrooms and onions with a side of mashed potatoes filled with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and garlic butter along with another side of a baked sweet potato packed with marshmallows, brown sugar, and butter. Let’s just top all that off with a bottomless strawberry lemonade throughout the evening.
You get the picture right? That was a true story by the way, and yes I felt absolutely miserable after the fact. So hopefully you’re not going to that sort of an extreme, but even if you’re just a little bit worried about eating healthy when you go out here are some pointers that can save you from ruining your hard earned progress.
- Ask how they prepare the item you order. This could make a huge difference. If they use a lot of oils or butter then you can ask to have it made without or ask them to use less.
- Order your salad with the dressing on the side. By getting your dressing on the side you can dip your fork in the dressing and then stab the salad to get flavor in every bite but use much less dressing.
- Get veggies steamed or raw instead of sauteed or seasoned. Obviously you don’t want to force yourself to eat something you won’t enjoy, but by getting your vegetables prepared slightly differently you can reduce the calories you consume from all the added things.
- Pick a side of veggies instead of potatoes or beans. They can be more filling for you and you’ll eat less calories.
- Ask for water with lemon instead of a soft drink, tea, or beer. Water has no calories, and adding lemon to it will not only add flavor but cleanse your pallet after each bite so you can get a fresh taste of your meal each time.
These are just some of the ideas you can use to eat healthier when you eat out. If you have any others, let us know and we can add them to the list!