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Take Control of Your Takeout Order

I know you’ve had your problems, but I think you guys can work it out—you and your delivery guy, that is. Sure, he’s widened your butt and makes you feel guilty, but he also brings you comfort when you’re tired, lazy or just too emotionally involved in a Scandal marathon to get off the couch to make a snack.

Must-Follow Tips

Take Control of Your Takeout Order

I know you’ve had your problems, but I think you guys can work it out—you and your delivery guy, that is. Sure, he’s widened your butt and makes you feel guilty, but he also brings you comfort when you’re tired, lazy or just too emotionally involved in a Scandal marathon to get off the couch to make a snack.

That’s commitment, my friends.

Now, you can make your relationship even stronger. You can order takeout and lose weight, with a few pointers:

Pizza

The first rule of pizza delivery—do not stuffeth thy crust; opt instead for a thin crust pie. Rule two: Love thy veggie lovers. Topping your pizza with vegetables will not only add to its awesome-on-your-tongue factor, but those veggies will add fiber to your meal, which will help fill you up. You may not even want that third slice.

Chinese

Do yourself a favor: Skip anything fried (egg rolls, rice, dumplings) and anything in a heavy or sticky sauce. Or anything that has both: Kung Pao Chicken, anyone? Instead, stick with steamed options with sauces on the side. Most Chinese takeout menus have a diet-friendly section chock-full of vegetables and steamed chicken or seafood versions of your favorite dishes. Need a flavor booster? Ask for black bean sauce—half a cup is 128 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Japanese

Repeat after me, “Tempura is a fancy word for fried.” Those batter-dipped broccoli spears are the caloric equivalent to dousing your broccoli in ranch dressing—you’re not doing yourself any favors. Start your meal with miso soup—studies have found that fermented foods, like miso, benefit weight loss. Instead of traditional sushi, opt for sashimi with a side of rice. Bite for bite, you’re likely to eat less rice if you’re only eating as much as you can balance on your chopsticks.

Mexican

Friends don’t let friends eat nachos. Those cheesy, beefy, crispy nuggets of Latin love aren’t even traditional Mexican fare; they were invented to appease the palettes of American tourists. A plate of nachos amounts to 1000+ calories before your meal even starts. While you’re at it, take a pass on the burrito section. Burritos are basically calorie-bombs, registering on average at 1000 calories a pop. Opt for the smaller taco-sized tortilla and you’ll be saving at least 700 calories. Instead of greasy beef, fill your tortilla with black or pinto beans. Beans are low in fat, and high in protein and fiber. Just make sure your beans keep clear of Crisco.