Weight-loss journeys do not have to exclude eating out! Although it can be a challenge when ordering food at a restaurant because you don't have control over the amount of oil, butter, cream, sugar, or other high-calorie ingredients being used, you can still enjoy your favorite foods. Just follow these three tips when eating your main meal:
- Cut portions in half. Registered dietitian Rachel Paul, known as collegenutritionist on Instagram, posted these comparison photos to show that restaurants often give insanely huge portions. Just because it's on the plate doesn't mean you have to eat it all! Share it with a friend, or before you even take your first bite, have half wrapped up for tomorrow's lunch.
- Load up on the veggies. Certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition says one of the best things you can do to lose weight is to "eat more veggies." Choose a salad as your entree and add lean protein on top. Or if you're ordering lean protein such as salmon or roasted chicken, opt for a bed of spinach instead of a bed of rice. When ordering pasta, stir-fries, or burritos, always ask for added veggies (and no, French fries don't count!).
- Go open-faced. For sandwiches and burgers, ditch the bread on top, and enjoy it open-faced, with a fork and knife.