Eating out is a great way to take a break and spend time with friends and family, however it also tends to be when many people end up breaking their diet. Dining out doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t keep up with your healthy habits; and it shouldn’t. Here are some habits you can develop that’ll help make sure you don’t take a cheat meal the next time you go out to eat.
1. Search up and read over the menu before getting there
Seeing the menu before you get to a restaurant allows you to pick out the healthiest option possible. Ordering last minute just makes it more likely for you to get something that falls outside of your diet restraints.
2. Avoid going to all you can eat buffets
Buffets make it easy for you to get carried away with grabbing food. Opt to go to restaurants that have you order one meal in order to ensure that you don't over stuff yourself.
3. Eat a small healthy snack before leaving the house
Being very hungry when getting to a restaurant can lead to you ordering too much food. Eating a small snack before leaving the house can fill you up just enough to not be starving, but still hungry enough to enjoy dining out.
4. Skip pre-dinner bread or high calorie appetizers
Just a couple of pieces or bread can add a great deal of calories and carbs to your daily intake. Instead of grabbing the bread, try eating a pre-dinner healthy snack like mentioned earlier.
5. Save money and order water
Avoid buying soda or other sweet drinks with dinner. Sweet drinks contain many unnecessary calories that'll just make your overall meal less healthy.
6. Share your order
Restaurants tend to have pretty large serving sizes. Splitting a dish between a friend and yourself can help you both cut back on the calories while still filling yourselves up.
7. Ask for healthy alternatives
Many restaurants allow customers to swap out certain items on a dish for something else. For example, try asking for extra vegetables in place of fries.
8. Instead of having dessert, try having a cup of coffee
Coffee is a great substitute for a sugary and calorie packed dessert that'll still leave you satisfied.