Tips To Help You Eat Healthy While Dining Out

Posted on: 24 March 2015

Going out to eat is something that most people do several times a week. While the foods served at these institutions can be remarkably tasty, they can also contain high amounts of fat and cholesterol. Fortunately, there are a couple of tips that you can follow to help ensure that you enjoy your meal without consuming any more fat than necessary.  

Have A Pre-Meal Salad

There are very few restaurants that do not offer some type of salad to their guests. Unfortunately, many people take the mindset that they will skip the salad so they can eat more of their main entree. This can lead to consuming more calories and fat than necessary. You can minimize this problem by always eating a salad before your main meal arrives.  

Unfortunately, there are some people that may not want to spend the money to buy a salad at full price. However, it should be noted that most restaurants will allow patrons to substitute a salad for their sides. While there may be a small upcharge for this, it will usually be a fraction of the price of buying the salad outright. 

Avoid Pouring Sauce Or Dressing On Your Food

It is not uncommon for many dishes and salads to come with an ample amount of sauce or dressing. While they may provide moisture and flavor, these sauces can dramatically increase the calorie count of a dish. Sadly, some people assume that they will have to get the dish without any sauce to help control their weight. Fortunately, this is not the case, and there is a simple tip you can follow to help manage this problem. 

When you order these dishes, you should always request the sauce on the side if it is possible. Rather than attempting to pour a small amount of sauce onto your American food, you should use your fork to dip each bite into the sauce. This will help you to accurately control the amount of sauce you eat without having to sacrifice the flavors of your meal. 

Watching what you eat does not have to make it impossible for you to enjoy a meal from a restaurant. By simply following these two simple tips, you can dramatically decrease the amount of calories and fat you are eating without negatively impacting your dining experience. This will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to watching what you eat and dining out at your favorite restaurants.