When I dine out, I want it to be spectacular, so I don’t do it too frequently. You may have received tips on how to cut calories in restaurants, but do you really want to pay exorbitant restaurant fees for naked salads and simple steamed vegetables? If not, how do you deal with the problem of eating too many calories when you go out to eat?
Here are seven methods for cutting calories while still enjoying your favourite restaurant meals.
- Refrain from supersizing. The size you requested is already too large. You’ll save money if you stop supersizing. Better still, order one dish and request an extra plate. Many restaurants will do this for a $1 or two, and it is definitely worth the money. Then you enjoy the dinner with your friend, and you divide the bill evenly. Another option is to select an item from the “appetiser” menu. Two individuals could order three meals, one dessert, and divide the entire meal and still have plenty of food!
- Leave out the bread and rolls. A bread basket is still served with your meal at many family eateries. Just forgo it unless it’s a fresh baked loaf or something very unique. When you’re paying good money for a meal, you don’t need to fill up on average bread. If you can’t resist, just ask for it to be taken away; if you’re an adult, you can resist if you want to. You might just refuse to have a roll on your plate. Just try it once and see if you don’t leave that eatery feeling weirdly powerful.
If you can’t avoid the buns, at the very least avoid the butter. That’s correct. Consume it on its own. Whole grain bread is great on its own.
- Put down your drink order. Restaurants make a lot of money from soft drinks. They sell you a spritz of syrup and carbonated water for pennies and act as if they’re doing you a favour by only charging you $1.29 for a large 64-ounce drink. Begin putting money aside. Skip the drink, especially if you’re ordering to go. If you’re eating there, request water or switch to diet drinks. Never consume “fat pop.”
- Be Patient You eat far too quickly! What’s the big deal? Take your time, appreciate the flavours, and savour the moment. Recognizing the subtle indicators of hunger is an important component of getting in touch with your hunger signals and learning to eat what truly satisfies. If you eat everything in five minutes, you won’t realise when you’re getting close to fulfilment. Take a bite and count how many times you chew before you want to swallow. Once or twice? Make an effort to chew your meal, and your body will thank you. A major portion of digestion begins in your mouth, and you’ll enjoy a lot more pleasure if you let the meal linger.
- Remove all visible fat and skin. I know you adore the skin–of course you do, it tastes great, as it should, because it’s made entirely of fat. Do you want to lose weight or eat fat? You make the decision. I never eat chicken skin, and I never eat the visible fat hanging off a steak, regardless matter how nice it tastes. You must determine which is more important: a split second of pleasure from a delicious taste or a lifetime of carrying about an extra 40 pounds? I know this goes against the low carb crowd’s view that fat is healthy and carbs are bad, but I’ve maintained an 80-pound weight loss without dieting for 18 years and don’t eat visible fat or skin. Enough of it.
- Request a Doggie Bag at the start of the meal. When the dish is ready, immediately divide some out for tomorrow. Most restaurants in the United States provide far too much food. There is no requirement that you consume it all. If you do this frequently, you’ll quickly discover that you’re getting an extra lunch out of each meal.
- Get a copy of Restaurant Confidential by Michael F. Jacobson and Jayne Hurley and start counting the calories you’re eating. If you eat out regularly and are overweight, this is most likely the source of your problem. This short book can help you understand why you don’t seem to eat much but can’t manage to lose weight. Hardees recently debuted a new burger that contains just under 1200 calories on its own! That is terrifying.
If you truly want to solve your weight problem, look first at where you eat, then at what you eat, and last at how much you consume. What, where, and how much? Try these methods, one at a time, and discover how quickly you can cut some calories from restaurant cuisine.