Today I think we can all agree that the number one culprit of putting on pounds is eating out, rather it be fast food or restaurants. Well I have designed a few tricks that can really help you cut your calories nearly in half while still getting to enjoy your outing!
Tip #1: This could easily be the most important tip when eating at restaurants. Always eat HALF of your meal. Always, Always, Always. Almost every single meal you will get at most restaurants will be at least 2, if not 3 servings. Always try to split with someone, if you don't have a friend no one's judging, just cut it in half before you start eating and package up the other half! Trust me you will be amazed at how full you get from half of a supersized meal. This gives you around the proper amount of calories you should be eating in a meal!
Tip#2: Always ask for butter, sauces, and spreads on the SIDE. This is extremely important because most places will really lather on butter and dump on dressing to the point of extreme UN-necessity. Trust me you can still get the flavor with less than half of what they usually put. These extra sauces can add anywhere from 500-1,000 extra calories! For example have you ever looked at a salad on a menu and wondered why it was 1600 calories? Well there ya go! So the best thing to do is start with it on the side and add a very small amount at a time, taste it, and decide at what point you are satisfied with the flavor. For Salads I usually just slightly dip each bite into the side of dressing, trust me you use much less!
Tip #3: Some might not like what they are about to hear, but the answer to staying slim is NEVER SODA. There are so many amazing alternatives, you just have to find what suites you! Soda adds anywhere from 200-600 extra calories to a meal, which is equivalent to what you should be getting from food! Not to mention the excessive amount of sugar. Try these alternatives:
-Unsweetened tea with lemon if you like it sweet, a splenda.
-Sparkling water with lemon or lime* (My favorite)
-Sparkling water with pomegranate juice and lime
-Diet soda is a big controversy, but if you must only do it on occasion for example when you go out to a restaurant to cut down on calories. My view on this is anything in moderation is okay, so having some every once in a while shouldn't kill ya!
Tip#4: Utilize substitutions!
- Substitute fruit or light soups for fries to reduce calories.
- Wheat bread for white
-Grilled chicken instead of fried
-OH! I just remembered be careful at places with appetizers such as chips and salsa, you can be 800 calories up before you get your meal! Tell the waiter you dont want any or just try to only consume around 5 chips before your meal. Use ALOT of salsa to make you feel more satisfied.
-Ask what alternative dressings they have. Try to stick to balsamic and vinegar based rather than creamy dressings.
Tip#5: CHEW SLOWLY. Take small bites and chew at least 20 times before swallowing, this will make you really feel satisfied and less aware that you have eaten less. Remember, your body takes about 20 minutes to realize it's being fed!
Hope these help! Remember, every calorie counts!
This is just a quick view into the ridiculous enlargement of portion size over the years.