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What Do You Do to Keep Dining Out From Being a Diet Disaster?

I just read a little over at iVillage about how celebs stay slim while dining out. For many starlets the answer is lean protein and lots of veggies or taking their dressing on the side. There are many techniques for how to enjoy dining out without compromising your waist line.

How about you...


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murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
Hurray for doggie bags!
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
I have so many rules when I decide to dine out: - I stick with water as my beverage. (Sometimes a lemon wedge for flavor.) - I allow myself 1 piece of bread (if any), but don't add butter. - I order my salad with non-fat dressing on the side. If they don't have non-fat dressing I ask for lemon wedges. - I only eat 1/2 of the portion and either take the rest home, or give it to my bf to eat. - I stay away from things that are fried or covered in rich, creamy sauces. - If I'm going to a food chain restaurant, I check out or and plan my meal out before going to the restaurant. (It'll give me a better idea of the nutrition facts and what to expect.) I'll also check out the website. Yea, I'm a little OCD about this, but it's totally worth it to remain on track.
annieclaire annieclaire 9 years
only go to healthy restaurants!!
taratootie taratootie 9 years
Hmmmm lets see... 1. I order a salad with dressing on the side. 2. No bread basket... okay, maybe just ONE piece. 3. I exchange the carb sides (mashed/ baked potato or rice) for a veg. 4. Drink water, no pop or wine. 5. Everyone at the table shares a dessert! Its perfect, a couple bites for everyone!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
if i'm on a diet i order something that does not compromise my diet :) that's easy. and usually i dine very rarely so it will not ruin my diet anyway.
s2always s2always 9 years
I dont eat out at Western/Italian etc. kinda restaurants too often only once a month...because im asian. But when i do eat at a non-asian restaurant i always order a BIG STEAK with fries or veggies...yumm.. =P
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
I do a little of each, depending on what's on the menu. If they have fabulous fresh baked bread, I'll have that and pass up the carbs on my dinner... but if I want pasta I avoid the bread basket. You gotta be flexible.
elenoftroy elenoftroy 9 years
There is nothing more boring than an obvious dieter! I just steer clear of the bread basket unless the restaurant has amazing bread (too many calories spent on blah bread...) and then either order an appetizer as my entree or split my entree in half. I find it better to eat a small portion of what I really want than to order the grilled fish and veggies and not enjoy it at all.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I end up PIGGING OUT no matter what I tell myself
opisnowpro opisnowpro 9 years
no one above pff
hollywoodholiday hollywoodholiday 9 years
I usually order salad with lean chicken and light or no dressing if possible. I usually don't eat all of it so I let myself eat some of the bread basket :)
marygrace marygrace 9 years
i really look forward to going out to eat, so i don't really worry too much about it when i do. since we don't have tons of money, my boyfriend and i will often split an entree, thus keeping the price and the calories down. and since we're both vegan, dessert is never even an option at 99% of restaurants. we stick with water, too. i always go for the bread though, but i figure since i eat reasonable portions and don't get dessert, a little bit of bread is alright.
maleea maleea 9 years
I don't dine out as a daily option to eat when I'm hungry. When I'm dining out, it's a treat and I'm going to go all out. If I splurged on a meal while out, I just make sure to watch what I eat the rest of the week. No more splurges.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I eat light during the day if I know I'm eating out somewhere. And once I'm there I'll draw a line dividing everything on my plate in half.
nancita nancita 9 years
I try to eat only half of what's on my plate, so I can have yummy leftovers. If I am not going straight home, and I can't carry the leftovers, I still get a to-go box and I give it to a homeless person.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
All of the above. However, if I'm a great restaurant, I'm going to eat and enjoy myself. I have trouble with bread baskets, but I'm lucky in that I never eat everything on my plate and I can order dessert, have two bites, and be happy. But I really hate it when the waiter makes some comment to you if you only eat half and less than that of your plate.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I do a lot of these things. I always have dressing on the side even at home (I'm a fork dipper). I never eat apps, dessert, and if I get an entree I only eat half. Plus I talk a lot so I tend to eat slowly and pay attention to how full I am. I also only eat bread at a few places I can't turn it down (Texas Roadhouse and Olive Garden). I traveled four nights a week for work this summer so I had to make a whole lifestyle change to keep the weight off.
millarci millarci 9 years
I eat half of what's on my plate (or less) and drink water if I want dessert or appetizers.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I don't ever order dessert and rarely order appetizers. From there, I try to do something I read about in the Zone diet...when my food arrives, I immediately ask for a box and put half in. That way, there's only half left on my plate before I even begin!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
All of the above.
nikolem2 nikolem2 9 years
I always look for the healthiest thing on the menu- ask how things are prepared and don't be afraid to make substitutions. I do that all the time to better suit my dietary preferences.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Although tempting, I skip the bread basket.
tigra tigra 9 years
i look at the menus online to get an idea of the nutritional information of what the restaurant serves before i go. then i have an idea of what i want before i go.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
water, water, water. avoid anything fried. and i take half home. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
We never order dessert and barely order appitizers... And I try and order somethign good for me, like a steak, and eat all the veggies, then the steak then the potatoes :)
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