Just because you are not eating at home does not mean that you cannot watch what you eat for keeping within your daily calorie count. Modern restaurants are used to patrons requesting non-fat items and many of them serve special dishes of no fat or low fat items on their menu, so catering for those people on a diet or others that just simply want to eat healthily.
For a starter there is absolutely no need to order a dish with a high fat, salt, or high sugar content. It is a good idea to begin with a salad full of items like lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber or else one with lots of celery sticks. This will help you to control your hunger pangs and satisfy your appetite as well. Ask the waitrons to serve the salad dressing on the side instead of having the salad arrive at your table drenched in oil or mayonnaise. In this way, you are able to add only the amount of dressing that you really require.
For your entree choose dishes that include plenty of vegetables and are steamed or grilled in preference to ordering fried or sautéed ones. Good examples are fish or skinless poultry dishes, kebabs, or a pasta dish with tomato sauce instead of a rich creamy one. Resist dishes that are full of gravy. If you can, order a half-portion or else share a dish with a friend to help you to cut down on your food intake. Otherwise ask for a “doggy bag” and take what you don’t eat home with you for the next day; it will save you having to cook. Sometimes it is nicer to order two starter dishes to eat instead of a starter followed by a main dish. Resist having bread or bread and butter to accompany your dishes when you eat out or adding any butter to vegetables, and munching things like fatty burgers are definite no-no’s.
If you are only ordering a toasted sandwich, ensure that it is on healthy whole wheat bread and if there is a cheese filling, it is low fat or fat free. Foot long baguettes are out if you want to watch your calorie intake and eat healthily. Tuna or a chicken breast on lettuce with added sliced tomato makes a delicious healthy sandwich, toasted or plain.
When it comes to dessert, fresh fruit is the ideal answer. Resist the temptation to indulge in rich desserts topped with chocolate and oodles of cream. Yes, they are simply divine, but they are definitely not on any health list when watching weight and calorie intake!
Drinks and beverages such as tea or coffee with fat free milk added are best drunk without any sugar or sugar substitute. Don’t fall into a habit of drinking fizzy drinks or even so-called energy drinks; they are full of sugar, rather drink water. You can never have too much water to drink. A glass of water with a slice of lemon in it is so refreshing.