Six Steps to Get the Calories Out of Restaurant Food

When I eat out I want it to be special, consequently I have began to decrease the amount of times that I go out to eat. The dilemma that arises from eating out is the quality of food as well as shaving off the calories that are associated with it.


Here are six tips for getting the calories out of restaurant meals while still ordering your favorites.


1. Say NO to super sizing.

The size you ordered is already too big. When you stop super sizing, 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 appetizers, 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 bread basket with your meal. Unless it's a fresh baked loaf or some really special bread, just skip it. You don't 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. You can simply choose not to put a roll on your plate. Try it, just once and see if you don't walk out of that restaurant feeling strangely powerful. If you can't skip the rolls, at least skip the butter. That's 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.

Juice Plus+  can help you fill the gap between what you do eat and what you should eat.

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4. Slow Down You Eat Too Fast.

What's 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, is learning to recognize the subtle signs of hunger. You won't 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? Make an effort to chew your food and your body will be much happier. A very large part of digestion begins in your mouth, not to mention you'll get much more pleasure if you let the food linger.


5. Ask for a Doggie Bag.

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 have to eat it all. Do this frequently and soon you'll find you're getting an extra lunch out of that meal. 


6. Get a copy of “Restaurant Confidential”

This book is written by Michael F. Jacobson and Jayne Hurley, and start checking out how many calories you're really eating. If you eat out frequently and you carry extra weight, then that's probably the problem right there. This little book can help you realize why it seems you don't eat that much yet you can't lose any weight.

If you really want to get a handle on your weight problem, look first to where you eat, second at what you eat, and third how much.

Take the next step in your health and fitness journey. Schedule your Strategy Session today. Call Shalynne Barr at (248)509-0096 or email livewell@healthcoachshalynne.come