6 tips to cut calories from eating out
1. Say NO to super sizing. The size you ordered is already too big. Stop supersizing and you’ll save money. Better still, order one dinner and ask for an extra plate. Many restaurants will do this for a dollar or two, and it’s well worth it. Then share the meal with your friend and you split the cost straight down the middle. Another option is to order from the so-called “appetizer” menu. Two people could order three entrees, one dessert and split the whole thing and it’s still a ton of food!
2. Skip the bread and rolls. Many family restaurants still serve a breadbasket with your meal. Unless it’s a fresh baked loaf or some really special bread, just skip it. You do not need to fill up on ordinary bread when you’re paying good money for a meal. Just ask for it to be taken away if you can’t resist, but frankly, you’re an adult, you can resist, if you want to. You can simply choose not to put a roll on your plate. Try it, just once and see if you do not walk out of that restaurant feeling strangely powerful.
If you can’t skip the rolls, at least skip the butter. That is right. Eat it plain. Whole grain bread is delicious all by itself.
3. Stop Ordering Drinks. Soft drinks are a huge cash cow for restaurants. For pennies they sell you a squirt of syrup and carbonated water and act like they’re doing you a big favor by only charging you $1.29 for a giant 64-ounce soda. Start saving those dollars. Especially if you’re ordering “to go” skip the drink. If you’re eating it there, ask for water, or at least switch to diet drinks. Never drink “fat pop.”
4. Slow Down You Eat Too Fast! What is the rush? Take your time, savor the moment, enjoy the flavors. A big part of getting in touch with your hunger signals and learning to eat what really will satisfy is learning to recognize the subtle signs of hunger. You will not know when you’re approaching satisfaction if you’ve gobbled everything down in five minutes. Take a bite then notice how many times do you chew before you start wanting to swallow? Once, twice? Try to chew your food and your body will be much happier. An exceptionally large part of digestion begins in your mouth, not to mention you’ll get much more pleasure if you let the food linger.
5. Trim Visible Fat and Skin. I know, you really love the skin–of course you do, it tastes good, it should, it is pure fat. Do you want to get leaner, or do you want to eat fat? You choose. I never eat chicken skin and never eat the visible fat hanging off a steak, good taste, or no. You must decide what you want more, the second’s worth of pleasure of a yummy taste, or a lifetime of carrying around an extra 40 lbs? I know this is counter to the low carb crowd’s belief that fat is good, carbs are evil, but I’ve maintained an 80-pound weight loss for 18 years without dieting and I don’t eat visible fat or skin. Enough said.
6. Ask for a Doggie Bag at the Beginning of Meal. When the food is served, immediately portion off some to take home for tomorrow. Most restaurants in the US serve way too much. There is no law you must eat it all. Do this frequently and soon you’ll find you’re getting an extra lunch out of that meal. Visit us to know more...
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