If you like going to restaurants, don’t let your weight-loss efforts stop you. Treat yourself to a meal out, using it as an opportunity to enjoy low-calorie, low-fat foods deliciously prepared by someone else. Here are a few hints to help:
● Skip the bread and butter. Save your appetite.
● As an appetizer, order soup or salad or an item not heavily sauced. If you know the entrees will be large, skip the appetizer.
● Request your salad dressing on the side so that you can carefully pour just a small amount.
● Stay away from entrees with heavy sauces.
● Order a meal that comes with lots of vegetables. Or request a side order of vegetables.
● Give your dinner companion a taste of your meal, and take a taste of his or hers. You’ll feel like you had two meals instead of just one.
● Have no more than two alcoholic drinks.
● Share a dessert.
● Put a ban on buffets. They invite overeating. If you succumb, you’ll feel terrible. And if you do manage to restrain yourself, you’ll feel deprived.
● Go ahead and graze. You’re at the home of family or friends and find a buffet dinner staring you in the face. Take a deep calming breath and saunter slowly around the table, checking out what’s there before you take anything. Then make one trip for cold foods and one for hot — but only take those foods that really appeal to you.