Control Overeating at Restaurants

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Dining out on a diet requires planning and smarts. Below are some helpful suggestions on how to make the most of your night out without sacrificing your diet:


1. Put a barrier between you and the food

When you know you’ve had enough but there’s still plenty of food on your plate, put your fork and napkin on the plate to signal to the waiter that you’re done. Unless you’ve got a particularly sadistic waiter, he’ll take away the remnants before you can give it a second thought. Or if leftovers are considered okay on your diet plan, ask the waiter for a to go box as soon as you get your food- put half of the meal into the box and enjoy the other half. In both situations the food is out of sight and out of mind.

2. Plan ahead and don't leave the house hungry

Eating a low sugar, low-cal snack (less than 100 calories) before you leave for a restaurant or party can take the edge off your appetite and make you more likely to choose smart low-cal options. Another option is to order a small green salad with dressing on the side or a cup of soup (non-creamy) to fill up with first before digging into your entree.

3. Drink a glass of water before your meal arrives

As soon as you arrive at a restaurant, ask for a large glass of water and drink it before you order your meal. The water will help you feel full, so by the time your dinner arrives, the famished feeling will be gone. You may have to bolt to the ladies room three bites into your meal, but not polishing off a plate the size of a trash can lid will be worth it.