After a hard day at the office, or if you’re just in the mood to treat yourself, eating out sounds a lot better than slaving over a hot stove and washing a mound of dishes. Unfortunately, if you’re watching your weight, eating the large portions that a restaurant serves can derail your diet.
Here are 3 smart tips for eating out that will give you maximum enjoyment and allow you to stay on track:
Avoid the Buffet
The buffet is a food lover’s paradise. Fried chicken, mac and cheese, and hot bread and butter are just a few of the many delicacies waiting for your indulgence. My personal favorite are the desserts, and who doesn’t like a chocolate fountain that you can dip in everything you can get your hands on? Despite your best intentions, it is hard to eat in moderation, so save the buffet for holidays and special occasions.
Mix It Up
Scan your menu for new dishes to try. Many restaurants are jumping on the nutrition bandwagon and rolling out lighter options. The Cheesecake Factory has a new SkinnyLicious menu with dishes such as chicken enchiladas, turkey burgers, and grilled salmon.
Share The Joy
You may have a favorite dish at a particular restaurant, and that is what you want to order. Instead of biting the bullet and overindulging, share with someone at your table. If you’re dining alone, pack up half for lunch tomorrow, and you can enjoy the taste all over again.
By following these 3 smart tips for eating out, you’ll please your taste buds and still be on track with your diet program.