Avoiding Overeating When Eating Out
When we eat out we are all so tempted to make sure there is nothing left on the plate as we want to get our money’s worth!
Or it just tastes so good we can’t resist. There are some things that you can do in order to stop this, or at least reduce it!
The first thing is to minimize the amount of times you eat out in a week or a month and when you are at the restaurant try some of these things:
Order an appetizer as your main entrée
Portion control is one of the most difficult things when eating out as you have no say in the amount that is being put on your plate.
Try ordering an appetizer as your main meal as these portion sizes are usually a lot smaller and that way you won’t feel guilty when you eat the whole thing.
Be careful with what appetizer you pick though, as some of these are deep fried and may be worse for you than some of the main dishes.
Eat a light snack before you go out
By eating a light healthy snack before you go out is going to partly fill your stomach so that when you are looking at the menu you are not tempted to order the biggest and juiciest thing on there! When your brain is telling you that you are full up, stop eating!
Drink water before your meal
Most restaurants will take your beverage order before your food order, therefore, drink plenty of water before, during and after your meal as this is going to fill you up as well.
You will feel like you want to eat less and it also helps you to digest your food more easily.
Only eat half of your meal
Some people may find this difficult as it takes a lot of will power.
You could ask your waiter to box up half of your meal before it is even brought to your table! Another tactic that is becoming more common is to split your meal with someone!
A lot of places offer to do this now, but if they don’t, simply ask for an extra plate and advise that you are sharing.
Take note of these tips and try them when you next eat out. It is important to order smartly and listen to your body, don’t be tempted to over eat and maintain control!