Whether you’ve gone keto or are just counting calories, one of the quickest ways to ruin any diet is to eat at a restaurant. Looking over the ingredients list and calories count of most restaurant menu items can be a shock to your system. So many dishes at the most popular restaurants will have the daily value of calories and carbs, which can be a serious detriment to your healthy eating. However, this does not have to be the case. Even the most strict nutritionists still eat at restaurants once in awhile. If you know how and what to order, you can join your friends and family on a night out without feeling guilty the next day. So here is an easy guide on how to eat out before you go out.
Do Your Research Ahead Of Time
There are plenty of great healthy restaurants in the Charlotte area such as Clean Eats, Energy Cafe, or YAFO Kitchen. If you’re in charge of picking the destination, choose one of these healthy options for dining. You’ll definitely find something that matches your diet goals. If you aren’t in charge of picking the restaurant, go online ahead of time and read the menu. Many restaurants nowadays not only post their menus online but the nutritional information of their dishes as well. Armed with this information, you can easily make a smart choice.
Don’t Be Afraid To Substitute
Most restaurants are flexible about substitutions because many people have dietary restrictions. So don’t be afraid to ask for a substitution or to leave something off of a dish so it better suits your diet. Ask for a side vegetable instead of french fries, get the burger without the bun, or get the salad without the dressing. These small changes can make a big difference in the diet-friendliness of your dish.
Mind Your Portions
One of the reasons so many restaurant dishes have such high calories and carbs is because the portion size is substantial. For the most part, when we cook at home, we don’t give ourselves the same massive portions you get at a restaurant. Instead, ask the wait staff for a to go box when your food comes. Portion out a reasonable size and box up the rest before you begin eating. Then you won’t be tempted to overeat.
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