When it comes to dining out and losing weight, resisting temptation of all things fried, buttered, and sautéed can test the limits of your willpower. This is especially true when you go out with a group of friends who just don't seem to care about calories the same way you do — there's nothing like having to stick to your side salad while everyone is digging into fries. But try this trick from registered dietitian and Women's Health contributing editor Keri Glassman the next time you're at a restaurant and you might be surprised at how healthy your night out will be: be the first one to order, and pick something healthy that supports your goals. When you do, "It's amazing how everyone follows," she says. In contrast, "If someone orders something unhealthy [first], everyone is like, 'All right, fine, I'll indulge too.'"
The next time you get together with friends at a restaurant, try Keri's advice and take the lead. Setting an example for your friends will help you focus on what you can eat, not the siren song of your favorite indulgences filling up the table. So how should you order to save calories? Research the restaurant online before you go; choose items that are grilled, broiled, or steamed; and ask for any sauces or dressings on the side. Check out even more tips on how to order healthy at a restaurant here.