This week, Sunny from That Extra 20 Pounds asks: "What are some secrets to staying on your diet while eating out? What are your favorite restaurants to eat at when you're watching your weight that help you stay on track?"
My main order when I am eating out and trying to stay on track is soup. A big bowl of steaming soup is usually inexpensive, lower in calories (than other offerings) and is probably higher in fiber. Of COURSE sometimes there is just no getting around the lure of a hamburger, but if I order soup, it's easier for me to stay on track.
I don't have a particular restaurant that I like to frequent, but I do tend to go for quieter restaurants. When a restaurant is too bright or has loud music, I tend to eat faster and higher calorie things. Hand in hand (it seems) with quiet restaurants are restaurants that are more expensive. I tend to favor restaurants with a slightly higher price menu when I am dieting because the higher price tag means I am not going to wolf down my food. Instead, I'm going to relax, enjoy each bite and enjoy the atmosphere. Obviously I can't frequent restaurants that are more expensive, they are just easier for me to stay on track.
I also like ordering hot tea as my beverage in restaurants. Restaurants will often serve hot tea in it's own little teapot. The act of pouring the tea and keeping my cup full, keeps my hands busy and away from the bread basket!
Do you have any special tricks for eating out? Please share!
My Weight Loss Weekly Collaborators are Nurit, Giyen and Sunny. Check out the restaurant tips they have!
Nurit from Family. Friendly. Food.
Giyen from Bacon is My Enemy
Sunny from That Extra 20 Pounds