Restaurant Tips To Keep Your Diet On Track

Sometimes, you just can’t avoid the need to eat out. Whether you are on a business trip and have to converse with potential clients or you are just meeting up with family and friends to catch up, even the most diligent dieter can find themselves having to worry and fret over the menu or risk undoing their hard work all together.
But there are a few universal tips that can help you to stay on track no matter what type of cuisine you may be eating. These tricks will help you enjoy these dinners out without having to feel like you aren’t getting to splurge and enjoy like everyone else.

Get your sauce on the side
While most people know this little trick when it comes to salad, it works just as well for pasta and sandwiches as well. If you simply cannot find an oil based replacement for a cream based sauce (say a Caesar dressing, replaced with a vinaigrette) then you will want to ask to get your sauce on the side. This allows you to dip individual bites into the sauce, which may not seem like much but will overall limit your intake of the fattier, creamier sauces available.

Green Salad

Go green
A salad as a side dish is a great and healthy choice that can help limit some of the calories when it comes to your main dish. But that is not the only way you can get green into your diet when it comes to meal choices from a restaurant. Stir fry, lasagna and pesto based sauces are all heavy on the veggies. But be careful as cheese laden dishes like lasagna are still high in fat. Even something as simple as piling your burger high with vegetables can begin to make a difference.

Be portion savvy
Restaurants are notorious for serving items in huge portions. Just because all of this food has been piled on your plate does not mean that is as much as you should eat for your meal. Taking leftovers home is always an option and it can actually help stretch your finances a little further as you are getting two meals for the price of one. If you feel as if your portion sizes are too big a quick internet search on your phone can help you to cut down to the safe and healthy portion sizes that you need to stay on track.

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