When you are trying to lose weight or you simply want to make a conscious effort with what you are eating, what do you do first?
My best guess is to avoid eating out at restaurants for the most part. Why? Of course, every restaurant advertises how good their food is. They make their photos look mouthwatering. How can you say no to that? In addition, their portions are usually not that controlled and in general, people who eat out do not have a grasp as to how many calories they are consuming.
Hence, some people who are trying to watch their food intake try their best to avoid restaurants and just prepare their meals on their own.
However, this shouldn’t be the case all the time. It’s great how you’re making an effort to change your eating habits for the better, but we can’t deny that going out to eat is usually a fun idea. In order to still dine in at your favorite restaurants while still eating consciously, it’s best if you also watch what you order. In this article, I will be discussing about the diet traps you might encounter at restaurants.
Eyes on the prize
If you are trying to stay religious to your meal plan during a spontaneous lunch meeting with a client, do your best to stick to it. If you are opting for veggies and a little bit of protein, order just that. After all, you weren’t planning on devouring a plate of carbonara anyway.
It pays to always check things out first
You might think that a sandwich is a healthier option than a pizza, but what if it is made with too much fat, drizzled in mayonnaise, and just swimming in calories? Those calories can add up real quick if you add more to it. Oh and just because you ordered a salad it guarantees you with a healthy meal. No. If it’s filled with heavy dressing and other more stuff that adds up to your calorie intake, it’s not as healthy as you think it is.
Learn to say no to unnecessary offers
Usually, the wait staff would offer you to get a size upgrade of what you’re ordering. They will sales-talk you into getting that drink upgrade for only X pesos. Well, think about the extra calories you might be getting when you upsize that serving again.
Share when you can
If the portions are too much for you and you happen to be dining out with someone or a group, offer to share. If you are eating out alone and you have ordered a lot, don’t finish it all. Pack those leftovers for the next day. This way you won’t be eating more than you should have.