A lot of my clients discuss with me the need within either their job or social choices to eat out a lot. Menu's filled with tempting dishes often lead to us over eating and taking in more calories than we need.
Listed below are my tips to avoid piling on the pounds
1- Plan workouts to allow for additional calorie intake
If you know you are going to be eating out make sure you supplement your week with additional workouts so that you can plan for the extra calories.
2- Choose healthier options with dressing/ sauces on the side
Take a side salad instead of fries, or jacket potato instead of deep fried foods. A lot of eating out is about will power when confronted with so many choices.
3- Pick starters instead of main course
Eat for how hungry you are and not just 3 courses because you are in a restaurant. Choose what you want to eat that fits in to your calories and not necessarily whats in an offer. 2 dishes for £10 in a very small, usually process cooked menu may be less pounds out the wallet, but will make you add pounds on your weight.
4- Pre scan the menu before you arrive so you know what you are going to pick
Avoid temptation by having a good look over the menu before arriving.
None says eating out is bad, but just control your portion sizes and eating out can remain a very normal part of your social life without leading to weight gain.