Dine Out Without Ruining Your Diet Plan Dieting is tough enough as is, let alone trying to shed some pounds while maintaining a social life. The good news is, you don’t have to miss out on good times with friends and family in order to stay on track with your healthy eating. Use our tips and tricks to select the best menu items that won’t reap havoc on your diet. First, plan out your evening. Get some friends together and make them aware of your game plan. Tell them you’d like to get together but that you’re trying to make healthier choices, so they can help you stick with your plan once the fun night arrives. Pick a great place and call ahead to make a reservation. Just as it’s best to avoid grocery shopping on an empty stomach, it’s best to avoid waiting for an open table as your hunger grows watching everyone else chow down. Making a reservation assures you and your crew will walk in and be seated promptly. Next, scan through the menu. Start by asking the waiter to skip the bread, and instead order a small starter salad. Filling up on leafy greens while you navigate the entrée menu will help you make healthier choices. Pick a few menu options that catch your eye, and then start reading between the lines. Most restaurants tend to add colorful wording to their entrée descriptions, wording that can lead to you ordering something smothered in fattening sauce instead of refreshing herbs. Look through the fancy words and at the basics of what makes the dish and strive to pack your plate with majority lean protein (chicken, fish, pork, etc.), vegetables, and a small portion of got-to-have-it goodness (potatoes, creamy pasta, and other comfort type foods). During your meal, drink plenty of water and eat slowly, putting your fork down between bites and engaging with your friends. Making your dinner out a social experience, rather than putting the focus on your meal, will help prevent you from loading up on foods you would typically avoid. More than anything enjoys the moment and do your best not to stress over what you’re eating. It’s important to remember that dining out is not the norm in your diet, so a few treats here and there will not derail your progress! About the Author: FHMatch, your all in one business in a box’! If you're a professional this if for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited with No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos|