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Smart Choices for Weight Loss When Dining Out

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

When it comes to achieving weight loss goals, maintaining a healthy eating routine can be challenging, especially when dining out. However, with a few smart strategies in place, you can enjoy your meal while staying on track.

Sip Smart

One of the first steps to staying on track with your weight loss goals is to make smart beverage choices. Skip the high-calorie options such as sugary drinks or alcoholic beverages. Instead, opt for water, diet soda, unsweetened tea, or black coffee. By choosing these low-calorie alternatives, you'll save room for the main course and avoid unnecessary calorie intake.

Plan Ahead

Prior to your restaurant visit, take a few moments to review the menu online. Look for healthier options that align with your dietary goals. This preparation will help you make informed decisions and avoid impulsive choices that could derail your progress. By having a plan in mind, you'll feel more confident and focused during your dining experience. In addition, if you know you'll be consuming extra calories more than your normal supper, try to consume a little less for breakfast and lunch, or do a little extra activity through the day.

Lighten Up

When ordering your meal, be mindful of calorie-dense add-ons like butter, oils, and dressings. Request sauces and dressings on the side, so you have control over the amount you consume. Additionally, choose grilled or steamed options instead of fried dishes, which tend to be higher in calories. By making these simple adjustments, you can reduce your calorie intake while still enjoying a delicious and satisfying meal.

Box It Up

Portion sizes at restaurants are often larger than necessary. Don't hesitate to ask for a takeout box at the beginning of your meal. As you eat, be mindful of your hunger and satisfaction levels. Once you feel satisfied, pack up any remaining food in the takeout box. This practice prevents mindless snacking and allows you to enjoy your favorite dishes while managing portion control effectively.

Don't Stress

Although some people have a strict deadline of when they need to reach their weight loss goals by, most do not. The occasional extra calorie supper will have very little effect against your goals in the long-term. So although you should try and make good choices, if something goes wrong and you cannot, try and get back on track the next day and don't over stress.

Remember that while it's important to be conscious of your choices, it's equally vital to enjoy your dining experience without unnecessary stress. Find a balance that works for you and be cognizant of your decisions. By implementing these strategies, you can make wise choices while dining out and continue progressing towards your weight loss goals.

Kurtis Proksch

Head Strength Coach

KPCC Coaching

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