Dining Out Plan Ahead

Most often you know in advance when you’ll be eating out, so start planning as early as possible and put aside some extra calories each day, which you can then spend on your meal later...

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When Dining Out Plan Ahead

You tend to know in advance when you’ll be eating out, so start planning as early as possible and put aside some extra calories each day, which you can then spend on your meal later in the week.

It’s often all the little things that pile on the calories when you eat out, a bread roll with butter or flavored oil, olives marinated in oil, side orders of fries, oil based salad dressings, cream with dessert or coffee, and after dinner mints. Avoid all these extras and you could save up to a 1,000 calories without even trying too hard.

You should also aim to steer clear of dishes that are deep-fried or include pastry, rich sauces, cream or loads of cheese, they all pack high calorie content. When ordering your meal, don’t be afraid to ask if the chef can adapt a dish to suit your personal needs, after all it’s what all the celebs do! This might be as simple as requesting that a sauce be served in a separate bowl so you can add as much or as little as you want, asking for extra vegetables instead of potatoes, inquiring whether your steak could be grilled rather than pan-fried or requesting that a salad comes without dressing. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave, you could even try asking for something that’s not on the menu; for example, if you can see that the fruit salad includes melon, you could always try asking for a slice of melon to start with, even if it’s not on the menu as a starter.

Don’t feel obliged to go for the full three courses either, if you can get away with just a main course, so much the better. Alternatively, ask for two starters and have one of these as a main course. Good choices to start with include smoked salmon, prawn cocktail, vegetable or minestrone soup, melon, and tomato and mozzarella salad with balsamic vinegar rather than dressing. If low calorie options are in short supply on the menu, simply order a side salad and have this as a starter.

For main courses, don’t be fooled into thinking that veggie options will automatically be lower in calories, that cauliflower and broccoli bake might sound healthy but it will almost certainly come with a rich calorie laden cheese sauce. In fact, meat, poultry and fish dishes can often be the best choice, or a grilled lean steak with salad. Pasta can also be a good option providing it comes with a tomato sauce rather than a creamy one, and it’s guaranteed to fill you up so that you won’t have room for dessert.

When it comes to dessert, fresh fruit salad or sorbets are the best option. Most other puddings are laden with calories, especially if they include pastry or cream.

Finally, keep a check on the amount you have to drink and employ all the usual tricks. Opt for slim line mixers, add soda water to wine and alternate between alcoholic drinks and low-cal non-alcoholic drinks. And if it’s a business lunch, use your hectic workload or an afternoon meeting as an excuse for remaining teetotal!