Making Healthy Choices When Eating Out

 

Portion Control

  • Many restaurant portions are twice what a regular portion would be, and you’re more likely to eat more than you really need if there’s a large portion in front of you.
  • Try to eat your meal slowly and thoroughly chew each bite. It takes the brain almost 20 minutes to realize that you’re full, so make sure you give your brain enough time to catch up with your stomach!
  • Ask to have half your meal packed in a takeout container before your plate even comes to the table, or ask for an extra plate and share the meal with someone.

Cooking Method

  • Choose foods that are steamed, baked, broiled, roasted, or poached as these tend to have less fat compared to fried foods.

Don’t Drink Your Calories

  • Avoid free refills on soda. One small soda is enough.
  • Specialty coffees and alcoholic beverages can add a lot of calories to your dinner! Drink these in moderation.

Have a Snack Before You Dine Out

  • Make sure that you don’t arrive at the restaurant too hungry because you might over eating. Instead, have a small, light meal or snack beforehand so that you don’t overdo your calorie intake.