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Healthy Eating When Eating Out

Updated on July 28, 2012

If you really like eating out in restaurants, it's easy to assume that your love for food is not doing your healthy diet any good. On many levels, you are right.

However, just because you like eating out does not mean that healthy eating needs to take a back seat.

You can still enjoy eating out in restaurants because it is all a matter of making the right food choices, and you can do this by learning what you can about nutrition and what your body needs.

Water Instead of Alcohol?

With the menu in your hand, start by checking out the drink section first. Although a beer will sound good with a meal, alcoholic beverages usually have a lot of empty calories so they are not good for you. Unless you're having wine, which is to be kept at one glass so you can enjoy its heart disease-preventing benefits, it will be best to just drink water instead of alcohol.


Now for your appetizer. Actually, you can skip on that unless you are having a side salad.

Appetizers are laden with fat but won't make you feel full so you end up eating a lot of them while making you crave an even fattier main meal.

The most common culprits are chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and potato skins. If you want to indulge, you can get appetizers but make sure it's for sharing with the entire table.

Main Meal

Focus most of your attention towards choosing your main meal. Take note of the ingredients that your main dish will be made with. Again, high fat content is to be avoided as well as cream sauces. Skip out on the onion rings because these will be fried. For your side dishes, choose vegetables. Or you can just have the main course without sides when possible.

Portion Control

Portion control is also important so you can watch what you eat. If big servings cannot be avoided, ask to have your meal split into half right away so you don't have to worry about being tempted to eat everything. There's usually enough for two so that will be like saving yourself from consuming calories for two people.


Now for dessert. It would seem a meal is not complete without dessert but do avoid it as much as you can. If you can't fight off the craving, order something for the entire table to share or split it like your main course. If you end up indulging and having that cake all to yourself, don't fret for cheating a little is fine. You will have other chances to make good with your diet.


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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing it.