You don’t need to ditch your healthy-eating principles just because you’re eating out. Yes, restaurants can make it very hard to stay true to your slim-down plan, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. If you do have a feel-good meal that you look forward to and want to indulge in, then save it for your cheat meal and enjoy, but other times, you can navigate the tricky waters of the restaurant world with a few strategies.
Double Up on Your Go-tos
No healthy carb options on the menu? Ask for a double-dose of vegetables, or order a baked potato, scoop out most of the inside, and eat the tasty skin.
Send the Bread Back
Ask if you can have some raw vegetables instead. Or order a cup of soup, or salad with dressing on the side, to get you going.
Ask for Less Fat
Nicely tell your server that you don't want any extra butter. Restaurants are known for sloshing it on everything from vegetables to steaks to give their foods more glow (and taste). Make it clear you don’t want the extra.
Let the Chef Go Crazy with Spices
Request a piece of chicken or fish with steamed vegetables, and encourage the chef to have fun with the spices. Oftentimes, they’ll
find it refreshing to create a new concoction for you.
Anticipate Your Appetite
As soon as you're served, take half of your meal and box it up before you dive in. It’s a great way to create a waistline-friendly meal. Plus you’ll save money—leftovers can be a tasty lunch the next day!
Delay Your Drink
If you know you want a glass of wine, order it near the end of your meal. That way, the sweetness can go with dinner, but also act as a low-cal dessert.
Courtesy of The Bikini Body Diet