A Guide to Making Smart Choices When Eating Out

Making smart choices when eating out can be quite difficult. I mean, there are so many yummy choices, and most of them are high calorie and full of rubbish. So, how can you eat out and still enjoy yourself? Take a look at the following pointers and you’ll be fine:

Look at the Nutritional Information

If possible, take a look at the nutritional information. Sometimes, this is on the menu, but other times you may need to look online. If you have an app like Myfitnesspal on your phone, it’s possible you can check it on there. If you’re more of an advanced nutritional label reader, you could make an educated guess. In general, try to avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar, saturated fat and salt. This will help you to keep your weight under control, and of course your health!

Remember; Low Calorie isn’t Always Best

Low calorie isn’t always the best option when eating out. You’d be better off picking a huge salad with lots of nutrients than something lower calorie that is less nutrient dense. Consider the ingredients you’re putting into your body, and go for the better ingredients over the calorie content.

Choose a Well Balanced Meal

Your meal should be well balanced. Protein, carbs, and fats should be a part of every meal. Things like pasta, that are extremely carb heavy, should be a treat. You shouldn’t suffer too much from the meal you’ve eaten if it’s well balanced!

Pick Your Meal First

If you’re eating out with others, pick your meal first. Listening to other people pick their meal can tempt you into having something naughty if they are. Pick your meal and order it first and stick to it. You’ll be more likely to have something healthy this way. Healthy food can still be delicious; like the sushi from http://harneysushi.com. When you’re looking at the menu, think fresh and natural.

Make Sure You’re Hydrated

If you’re not hydrated, you’ll be more tempted to eat more. Water can help us to feel fuller for longer, so drink a few large glasses before eating. This could stop you from being tempted by a dessert at least!

Don’t Starve All Day

Something many people do when they go out for a meal is starve all day so that they ‘real look forward to it’. Don’t do this! You’ll spend so much money on side orders and extras, and then you’ll eat until you feel like you’re about to explode. Make sensible choices throughout the day too, so that by the time it comes to your meal you’re hungry, but not starving. It’s never a good idea to starve yourself!

Stick to these rules and you can still have something yummy while eating out. You don’t have to have the lightest thing on the menu, as you’ll likely want to order lots of sides and then gorge on dessert. Instead, pick something you know will satisfy you but isn’t the worst thing on there. Enjoy!

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