There are a ton of delicious local restaurants to try, so sometimes it can be difficult to eat healthy. We want to try everything, but sometimes that can be a detriment to our waistline.
If you know you are going to be eating out for your next meal, it can be tricky to find something healthy on the menu. How can you eat right and still have fun? Social meals can be quite a delight; you just have to find the right balance between healthy and fast, convenient food since there is often a trade-off in choosing one over the other.
Top 5 Tips for Dining Out and Not Overeating
1. Plan Ahead.
Most fast-food restaurants have their menus posted online. Many of them even have the nutritional information posted on their menus! Download their menu, and decide ahead of time what will be the most nutritional meal for you.
2. Eat a Healthy Snack.
There’s nothing wrong with having a snack before a meal, especially if you are doing it to curb your appetite. Consider munching on some popcorn, a yogurt, a granola bar, or an apple before going out to dinner. Your eyes won’t be bigger than your stomach that way!
3. Drink Water.
Drinking water before and during your dinner is a proven way to lose weight. Plus, did you know that water actually fills you up? Avoid the “free soda refills” that many fast food places offer, as they are just sugary drinks that you do not need.
4. Don’t Finish Your Plate.
I’m sure you’ve been told to “finish your plate” before. However, if you share your meal, get a smaller portion, or only eat half of your meal, you are actually helping your health. If you split a dinner, you may even save money! Plus, who doesn’t love leftovers the next day? If you take part of your meal “to go,” you’ll get even more goodies tomorrow!
5. Eat Slowly.
When you eat slower, your body gets full faster, which reduces your hunger. Chew your food thoroughly to make sure you are taking full advantage of this shortcut! You might even put your fork down between bites to slow things down.
There you have it – five top-notch tips to help you eat smarter and healthier when you dine out! Now, the next time someone wants to “grab a burger,” you can happily accept without feeling guilty because of your dietary restrictions or the fact that you want to eat right!