Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 46 on the 17 Day Diet - Tips for Dining Out on a Diet

Okay, I was lamenting about how slow the weight loss was and then a few days ago I lost a pound and today another! That's now a total of 16 pounds. I'm trying not to weigh every day...but dang, that's hard! 

I may recoil back tomorrow because I took my grandson out for his birthday dinner tonight and I ate a little more than I should have.  But tomorrow back on it! I thought I'd share this article about eating out when you are dieting.  Dining out is like a landmine for those of us trying to lose weight!

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Tips for Dining Out on a Diet

Willpower in a Restaurant

Dining out can be the downfall to many diets. It is almost impossible to completely avoid going "out" for lunch with friends, or having a birthday dinner with family. Here are some methods to keep you on your diet and not give into temptation.

Review your Diet Commitment before Dinner
Before leaving the house, meditate, pray; review your goals, whatever it takes to move your weightloss goals to the front of your mind. Remind yourself of how much losing weight means to you and acknowledge that it requires sacrifice and commitment to get there.

Ask yourself, "Is eating the wrong food worth going backwards on my diet?" or "Will throwing my body out of fat-burning ketosis be worth this one meal?" or "Do I want to gain back that one pound I worked so hard to lose last week?" Take a diet suppressant right before you leave, if need be. Change your attitude about dining out. It's about the company, not the food after all. If you don't agree with that, you need to do some soul searching.

Review the Restaurant's Menu Ahead of Time for Choices that Fit Your Diet
If the destination for dining out is planned ahead of time, check the internet to see if the restaurant has a website. Most major eateries have nutritional information online. If so, plan a meal that is in line with your diet's guidelines. If not, call the restaurant to make sure they have something you can eat without guilt.

Most restaurants have a meal or two that fits into a low fat or low carb diet, and will, at very least, offer a salad that works for almost anyone. Look for grilled chicken or fish with vegetables that are low on the glycemic index. Get used to the idea that if all else fails, you'll order a salad with low calorie dressing and enjoy it.

Stick to Your Diet Guns and Order Naturally
Before ordering, quietly tell the waiter you are on a restricted diet and need to have your meal prepared with no sugar and reduced fat. Ask how they cook their fish or chicken. Ask if they have a low-fat salad dressing and get it on the side. Ask them to leave the potatoes or rice off the plate, so you won't even be tempted.

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