Itís one thing to stick with your diet regimen when youíre at home, in control of contents of your refrigerator and your portion sizes. But what about going out to dinner with friends? Worse, how do you stay on track when your dream vacation has you seated by dessert cart at every meal?
Eating right when youíre out of your comfort zone can actually be easier than when you are at home, so long as you think smart and plan ahead.
Getting in shape can be an arduous journey, and you should allow yourself to celebrate along way! However, celebrating doesnít mean two helpings of dessert. Instead, focus on these simple tips to help you enjoy your dinners out on town without compromising your weight loss goals.
Tip 1: Daily Plan
Incorporate meals out like any others. Donít skip meals beforehand, setting yourself up to be starving, then overeat. Plan. Donít be afraid to call ahead and find out what specials are going to be and figure out a couple of choices, so that you donít stress out when you arrive and order foods that are not best options for your diet.
If restaurant or event is going to serve you buffet-style, again, call ahead to plan. If thatís not an option, here are a couple ideas. First, ask someone with whom youíre comfortable sharing your dietary concerns to help you. Tell him or her what foods you can eat (or what you cannot eat) and ask person to fill a plate for you. Or second, walk up to buffet table(s) beforehand with no plate. Just take a casual stroll around and see which foods are being served. Then decide if you would like to ask someone else to place your selections on a plate for you or if you would prefer to get them yourself.
Tip 2: Slow and Steady
First of all, use manners and eat slowly. Not only will this help with your digestion, it slows your eating down so that you donít ďgulpĒ and be a chow-hound, eating everything in sight.
If out with others, remember you are also there for socializing, so talk between bites. Set your eating utensils down while you chew. Have a sip of water between bites. The goal is not to see how fast can you wolf down food while someone else is talking.
Tip 3: Avoid temptation
There is no law that says you must have a basket of bread, butter and oil before a meal out. If it is on your table when you are seated, request that it be brought back to kitchen.