Healthy Foods and Weight Loss
5 Tips on Eating Healthy When Dining Out
To keep fit and healthy, we need to eat properly, we all know this. Regularly workouts and a well-balanced diet are vital if you want to stay fit, healthy and slim. But sometimes healthy foods and exercising might not be enough to achieve your goals and you may consider taking some steps outside the box. As you might know me, I am not an advocate of pills and powders, but guess what – plenty of women supplement and never experience a single bad side-effect.
The reason is simple, they’re not daft. They’ve done their homework before taking anything, they understand which pills and hormones to take and which ones to avoid. You’ll find heaps of weight loss drinks and body shape enhancing supplements online. Even steroids are getting more and more popular in these times of ‘forever-immaculate-from-head-to-toe’ contemporaries. Get yourself informed thoroughly, browse the net. For most of us, steroids for women sounds strange because whenever we think about steroids we consider massive, muscular men. Search for female-friendly products and find out what could work best for you along with your diet and workouts.
With the right dosing and duration meeting your needs, regular training and sticking to healthy foods and snacks, you can achieve in just 2 to 4 months what would take a year to accomplish without supplementing. Look at some celebrity ladies from twenty years ago who look better now than they did then. Do you think this is all plastic surgery or because they have the most famous personal trainers in the world? Sure, still far more men opt for supplements, but the number of women who do would blow the minds of most if they just had a clue.
I am not saying you should take supplements, but maybe it could be an option for you, maybe just for a while, maybe not at all. You should decide for yourself what’s good for you – nobody else’s business. Remember, moderation is the key to everything in life, and there’s no difference when it comes to supplements.
But, let’s leave that aside for now and let’s take a look at how to make healthy food choices when dining out. Going out for a meal is a great way to relax and break the monotony of eating at home. There is also that sense of adventure when dining at new places and trying different exotic meals. You get served, no cooking, no dishes, just relax and enjoy.
However, having meals prepared by others may pose some challenge to those working on losing weight or aiming for living on really healthy foods only. If you are one of these persons, do not worry as most places offer healthy foods and snacks to choose from. The following tips offer some ideas on how to go about it.
Have Elaborate Plans in Advance
You should plan and decide quite early which place you will be dining in. Most restaurants, nowadays, offer healthy diet meals. Look for food delivery websites, they usually list most of your local restaurants and snack bars. Check their menus out and make up your mind about what you will eat. Stick to your plans. Eating healthy is possible if you prepare yourself well before you actually go out, same as getting your meal delivered. Also, look at the size of their portions before ordering.
Take a Light Meal Before Going Out to Dine
It is advisable to avoid going out to dine while your stomach is completely empty. With hunger pangs attacking your brain every few minutes, it would be difficult to make a healthy choice. Have a light snack before the dinner out to avoid getting extremely hungry. It’s the same with grocery shopping, by the way. Never enter a food shop when you’re hungry. You’ll be surprised how much money you’ll be saving just by having a little snack before.
Consider the Size of the Portions You Will Take
At times, restaurants and other eating places serve portions that can probably be eaten by two persons. To minimize the chance of overfeeding, it would be prudent to ask for small portions. Places which offer self-service will let you choose small portions.
You can also split the plate with your dining partner or put aside some food for later. Most places will provide you with a ‘doggy bag’ or a suitable container to carry your food as a ‘take away.’
Select Healthy Menu Items
You may find places that do not offer any healthy diet meals. However, if you ask, most will be flexible enough to serve something outside the usual menu, especially on request. Emphasize on and ask for more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain bread. Adding these food items to your portion of the dinner will make it possible to have a balanced meal.
Select Your Drinks Carefully
Make sure that water is at the top of your list. Go for water anytime you feel thirsty instead of going for sweetened beverages. In case you don’t enjoy plain water, opt for low-calorie or sugar-free soft drinks. Avoid alcohol as calories in alcohol are mega fattening, check out this alcohol calorie calculator.
Eating out is fun and yet, you can still be healthy if you prepare yourself well ahead. Make wise choices of portion size, menu items and drinks, especially now during the festive season.
Have a wonderful time!