Restaurant Weight Loss

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

You’re doing great on the Nutrisystem program. You’re planning out your meals in advance so there are no surprises. You’re adding lots of unlimited vegetables and eating all your snacks so that you always feel full. Drinking lots of water? Check. Getting some exercise? Yes. So there’s no need to panic when faced with a date night or business meeting trip to a restaurant. Here are some easy ways to stay on track when eating out.

Avoid drinks at the bar.

A glass of wine or a light beer might be a nice way to unwind at the end of the day, but drinking alcohol, even a small amount, can impair your ability to make good decisions. Have a seltzer with some lemon and lime in it, and you’re a lot less likely to ask for onion rings instead of a green salad.

Don’t watch the big game while eating.

Lots of studies show that mindless eating, the kind you do when you’re staring at a TV screen, can lead to overeating. Instead, watch the game at home or in a smaller setting, with good friends or family whose conversation will help keep your mind on the task at hand: eating an appropriate amount.

Order first.

If you’re the first one to order, you’re way more likely to ask for—and stick with—the grilled tuna with a side of snap peas. If you go last, or even second, you’re more likely to hear someone order the ribs and fries and think, “Oh, I can have that just this once.”

Cut your order in half.

Restaurant portions have grown out of control. So when your food arrives, cut each serving of food on your plate in half, ask for a take-home box and deposit half the food in it before you even start to eat. You’ll have plenty to eat just then—and a nice meal for the next day.