Eating out can be a big part of our lives, whether we are catching up with friends, celebrating or just as something to do.
You need to be in control of your diet, but not let the diet be in control of you. If you are not going out for a meal because you are on a diet then you need to rethink your approach. Yes if for example you are in preparation for a competition, there will be more sacrifices, but for most of us we do not need to go to such extremes.
Here are my top tips for making the process a little bit easier:
1) The majority of restaurants now have their menus online so I suggest that you decide what you are having beforehand (some places let you create your meal beforehand so you know the calories and macro-nutrients).
2) Make specific requests. This takes confidence to do but you are paying for the meal so you have a right to know exactly what is in it.
3) Some places are more about quantity than quality, so just because a meal is set down in front of you doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. Eat what you want then when you’re done with it, give it to the local bin at the table who eats everyone’s leftovers (please don’t let that person be you).
4) If you are choosing somewhere to eat, I suggest you choose somewhere that has calories calculated for each meal, if so then you are onto a winner.
5) Plan the rest of your meals around it. You might have a smaller lunch to help keep everything in check.
6) I have clients who send me menus for places a few days beforehand to help with their selections. This might even be an option for you.
Enjoy your diet and don’t let it dictate your life.