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What's the Best Way to Save Calories When Dining Out?

How Do You Save Calories When You Go Out?

The weather's getting warmer here in San Francisco, which means we've got a few things on our minds — mainly, how to enjoy the outdoors with bike rides, trail runs, and leisurely patio brunches.

When it comes to that last part, however, it's all about indulging the right way. While you may want to eat and drink everything in sight, there are still ways to have your cake (or French toast or cocktail) and save a few calories here and there, like skipping the breadbasket or drinking water in between your glasses of wine.

Many of us have a tried-and-true way for being smart while we dine or drink on the town (if you don't, here are some calorie-saving ideas for the next time you eat out). Tell us, what's your favorite strategy for saving calories when you go out?

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acfreema acfreema 5 years
I order a salad and an appetizer/small plate and try to have as many vegetables as possible. I can't stop myself from finishing the whole plate when I really like a dish so by ordering an appetizer, I can at least control my portion size.
Kali2604565 Kali2604565 5 years
If I'm trying to save calories when going out, I'll avoid overly-sugary drinks. If I really want a drink with dinner and I'm watching my calories at that time I'll order a vodka tonic or something that doesn't have a million calories (like margaritas or other specialty drinks).
anecdote anecdote 5 years
I agree with TheLittleMonster, I rarely dine out myself and when I do I enjoy it to the fullest. \u00a0The next day its all about drinking loads of water and working out \u00a0but never feeling guilty about indulging. \u00a0
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
honestly, I rarely dine out. so when I do, it's a treat. I get whatever I'm craving, and move on. No regrets.
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