Dining Out While Trying to Lose Fat
If you’re one who enjoys a good meal out, then you know what it’s like. You have your favorite restaurants, the ones that you like to go back to frequently because it’s a great pleasure to get out of the house and not have to prepare your own meals.
But it can be a killer if you’re planning a weight loss regime and need to be strict on yourself. In fact, you may not even realize the harm you’re doing to yourself.
For instance, we often have to wait a bit before we get seated, and we may find ourselves waiting at the bar (should have called ahead, right?).
There are studies that actually show that on average, people consume up to 20% more calories if they haven’t called ahead to book their seat. Of course it’s true – you’re hungry and the reason you’re there is to eat. You won’t wait around for an hour – you’ll have a drink or 2 at the bar, maybe some nuts or other appetizers.
Rule #1: Always Make a Reservation
It’s a simple solution but it can make a world of difference when you need to follow a fitness plan. No more will you follow temptation when waiting on an empty stomach.
Now there’s one other thing that might be tripping you up when it comes to eating out, and it relates to paying the bill.
Again, it has been proved in studies that if you pay with a credit card, you are much more likely to not only spend more, but eat more too!
The fact is, if you’re borrowing money then it’s easier to justify spending more of it. When you spend more, you eat more (that one extra bit of dessert perhaps)
Rule #2: Set a Budget and Carry Cash
Taking cash with you to the restaurant (you can have your card as backup) forces you to think within those limitations. You won’t over-indulge if you go into the meal with this mindset.
Now my final tip may vary depending on what type of diet you’re on.
It’s all about substitution. Not every restaurant will have meals ready that suit your diet regime. Most often, it’s a case of substituting your carbohydrate (starchy foods like rice, bread, pasta or potato) for green vegetables. Great vegetables to have are spinach, kale, peas and carrots.
If they don’t like you ordering substitutes, say that you can pay a bit extra. That tends to work, but if not – you can always order a veggie side dish and simply omit the starch food on your plate (this is obviously the hardest route and is also a bit of a waste, so try to make sure they omit the food in the first place).
Rule #3: Ask to Substitute Starch for Veggies
All you need to do is ask a question of the waiter and you may get what you want. The cost of paying a little extra for your vegetables is rarely going to be more than a few dollars, and often you’ll find it’s free. If this is what it takes to get a flat stomach, so be it 🙂
What are your experiences with dining out while trying to lose body fat?
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