When I eat out I want it to be special, consequently I don?t eat out often. You might have seen the advice on how exactly to shave calories at restaurants but really, are you wanting to pay high restaurant prices for undressed salads and plain steamed vegetables? Or even, how then is it possible to solve the dilemma of too many calories when you eat out?
Here are seven strategies for obtaining the calories out of restaurant meals while still ordering your favorites.
1. Say NO to super sizing. The size you ordered is already too large. Stop super sizing and you?ll save money. On top of that, order one dinner and have for a supplementary plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, also it?s well worth it. Then share the meal together with your friend and you split the price straight down the middle. Another option would be to order from the so called ?appetizer? menu. Two different people could order three entrees, one dessert and split the whole thing and it?s still a huge amount of food!
2. Miss the bread and rolls. Many family restaurants still serve a bread basket with your meal. Unless it?s a fresh baked loaf or some really special bread, just skip it. You don?t need to fill on ordinary bread when you?re paying good money for meals. Just require it to be studied away if you can?t resist, but frankly, you?re an adult, it is possible to resist, if you need to. You can simply choose never to put a roll on your plate. Try it, just once and see if you don?t walk out of that restaurant feeling strangely powerful.
If you can?t miss the rolls, at least miss the butter. That?s right. Eat it plain. Wholegrain bread is delicious all by itself.
3. Stop Ordering Drinks. Soft drinks are a huge cash cow for restaurants. For pennies they sell you a squirt of syrup and carbonated water and become they?re doing you a large favor by only charging you $1.29 for a huge 64 ounce soda. Start saving those dollars. Particularly if you?re ordering ?to go? skip the drink. If you?re consuming it there, ask for water, or at the very least switch to diet drinks. Never drink ?fat pop.?
4. Slow Down YOU TAKE IN Too Fast! What?s the rush? Take your time, savor the moment, enjoy the flavors. A big part of phoning your hunger signals and learning to eat what really will satisfy is learning to recognize the subtle signs of hunger. You won?t know once you?re approaching satisfaction in the event that you?ve gobbled everything down in 5 minutes. Take a bite then notice how many times do you chew before you begin attempting to swallow? Once, twice? Try to chew your food and your body will be much happier. A very large part of digestion begins in the mouth area, not to mention you?ll get a lot more pleasure if you allow food linger.
5. Trim Visible Fat and Skin. I know, you really love the skin?of course you do, it tastes good, it will, it?s pure fat. Do you want to get leaner, or do you want to eat fat? You choose. I never eat chicken skin and never eat the visible fat hanging off a steak, good taste or no. You have to decide what you want more, the next?s worth of pleasure of a yummy taste, or a lifetime of carrying around an extra 40 lbs? I know that is counter to the low carb crowd?s belief that fat is good, carbs are evil, but I?ve maintained an 80 pound weight loss for 18 years without dieting and I don?t eat visible fat or skin. Enough said.
6. Ask for a Doggie Bag at the start of Meal. When the food is served, immediately portion off some to collect for tomorrow. Most restaurants in the US serve way too much. There is absolutely no law you need to eat it all. Do that frequently and soon you?ll find you?re getting an extra lunch out of that meal.
7. Get a copy of Restaurant Confidential by Michael F. Jacobson and Jayne Hurley, and begin checking out how many calories you?re really eating. If you eat out frequently and you carry additional weight, then that?s most likely the problem there. This little book can help you realize why it seems you don?t eat that much yet it is possible to?t lose any weight. Hardees recently introduced a fresh burger that clocks in at just under 1200 calories all by itself! Now that?s frightening.
If you actually want to get a handle on your bodyweight problem, look first to where you eat, second at what you eat, and third just how much you eat. Where, What and JUST HOW MUCH? Try these steps choosing one tip at a time, and see how easily you can take a few of the calories out of restaurant food.