How many times have you embarked on a diet, fully motivated to succeed, and then given in the minute you’re invited out for a meal? Combining weight loss with eating out can be tricky, but if you have a few tricks up your sleeve you’ll find it is possible to enjoy meals out without blowing the diet.
Choose From the Menu Before You Go. You may be determined to stick to your diet before you go, but once you arrive at the restaurant and mouth-watering aromas fill your nostrils, it’s tricky staying on track. One solution is to make up your mind on what you should eat before you go to the restaurant. It may seem that it’s hard, because you don’t know what they have on the menu, but you can generalize food as meat, salads, sweets and others to make it easier.
Don’t Go to the Restaurant Hungry. Some people practically starve themselves throughout the day so they can get away with eating more in the evening. The problem with denying yourself food all day long is that when you do start indulging, it is very hard to stop – your body just wants to eat as it thinks you’ll go without food for a long period again. When on a diet, the best solution is to always have a small snack – this way you’ll never feel very hungry, especially when you go to a restaurant.
Watch Those Drinks. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that liquid doesn’t count. Some drinks are absolutely loaded with calories. That nice creamy liqueur at the end of the evening is one of the worst culprits. If you are having soft drinks stick to diet varieties, or water. If you are having alcohol, don’t have too much – alcohol may not have a lot of calories itself, but it’s certainly effective at making your stomach better at processing the food you eat and storing more fat than usual.
Think twice before eating the dessert. You’re on a night out and you want to enjoy yourself, right? If you love dessert then of course you should have it. One of the best ways to deal with dessert is to outright deny it, but of course, that doesn’t work most of the times, so what you can do is compromise and only have a small portion – no more, no less. To make it easier, you should take a 5-10 minutes pause after eating the dessert – a lot of the times, the craving for more will go away by itself!
It is definitely possible to eat while still being on a diet, the most important thing is to always remember that you’re keeping to one. By following the above advice, you can easily have an enjoyable dieting experience, lose weight and eat well at the same time.