In the last couple of weeks, I've eaten from a restaurant more than several times. I've ordered everything from salads to burgers to french toast.
And I haven't looked at the nutrition facts.
Guess what? I still fit into my clothes. My arms are getting leaner. And I feel great.
As this experiment continues, I'll post photos, measurements, progress. My point is: you CAN eat out and still reach your goals, WITHOUT meticulously counting every calorie you put in your body.
It's all about thinking before you eat: about how the food is going to make you feel, about what you're craving, about what you can do without.
Here's a couple of easy modifications I've used on more than one occasion:
- Substitute steamed vegetables for French fries
- Ask for your protein to be cooked without added butter or oil (a lot of restaurants add oil or butter before grilling)
- When ordering a burger, order without the bun. If you're like me and don't love cheese, leave it off.
- Ask for your salad dressing on the side. Dip your fork in it before getting a bite of salad - I find I actually taste the dressing more this way, and I use a lot less.
- Just say no to the bread basket. Most places will gladly not bring it out, if requested.
- If they have sauteed vegetables on the menu, they can likely do them steamed instead or with light oil.
Good luck navigating the menu. As always, I try to track some of my eats on Instagram, so you can see what I'm nomming on :)