If your work involves a lot of meetings outside the office, if your family is used to often get together and go out for dinner, or if you are simply not used to prepare meals in your kitchen, you have every chance to quickly gain unnecessary weight.
Fitting dishes to your requirements will help you better control the amount of calories. You can ask the waiter to reduce the amount of cheese, butter and other fatty ingredients to make the dish healthier. To not let restaurant food add extra inches to your waist, follow these simple tips.
Tip 1: Choose the right restaurant
Tip 2: Make a “safe list”
Here, we are talking about the serving size. The amount of food that you consume per meal is crucial for your weight. Did you notice that restaurants, as a rule, serve more than one person needs to eat to feel full?
One serving in such restaurant is able to fill you for the day. This is especially true of restaurants with the traditions of European cuisine. But having eaten a large portion of food once, you stretch your stomach so much, that you want to eat more the next time.
For such cases, use the “hand test”:
The size of servings of carbs-containing foods, such as pasta and rice, should be limited to the size of your fist.
Increase this measure for dishes that consist of foods rich in protein, such as salmon or steak. Let the size of such dish be limited by the size of your palm.
As for the servings of vegetables, you can eat a lot of these, unless they are dressed with plenty olive (or, God forbid, sunflower) oil.
Tip 6: Order Chinese food
Tip 7: Beware of liquid calories
Tip 8: Study peculiarities of national cuisines
By following these simple tips, you can eat in restaurants without fearing to find yourself not being able to get into an old dress a few months later.