Tips for eating out

16467077-375656052810289-1814397738-nEating out can be something of a worry when on a diet or fat loss regime. It’s nice to go

out with friends and socialise but you don’t want to throw away all the hard work you’ve put into the gym. Fortunately with a little bit of planning and knowing a few tricks that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s all about what you know.

1. Plan ahead.
If I know where I’m eating I like to have a peek at the menu before I go. It’s so easy to make unhealthy choices when you’re hungry, distracted or caught up in what everyone else is ordering. Knowing what your having in advance can really help and gives you something to look forward to.

2. Tricks; learn the code.
Certain words on a menu can tell you everything about it. My pet peeve is hidden calories, if I’m eating food I want to see what I’m eating and enjoy it. I also hate that feeling of been bloated and sluggish after. Here’s the trick.

Hidden calories:Words like; deep fried, sauteed, breaded, creamy, battered, buttery, ‘melt’, cheesy, fries, smothered, pastry, southern-fried, garlic bread, mashed (because of added cream / butter) generally mean lots of added fats.
Good options:On the other hand, words like grilled; steamed, boiled, griddled, stir-fried, roasted, steak, gammon, tomato-based are likely healthy options. Enjoy these guilt free.

3. Don’t be shy to ask for it your way.
Point 2. brings me nicely onto our next tip. There are plenty of options on a menu that I often find just need a small tweak to go from bad to good. Don’t be shy to ask for it your way.

  • Baked potato / Rice instead of chips
  • Double serving of veg instead of starch.
  • Can my fish / chicken be grilled rather than fried
  • Jacket Potatoes to be served plain.
  • Salads to be served plain. No butter, mayo, oiling dressings. Instead can you have them on the side, that way you have full control.

In my experience if it’s on the menu elsewhere waiters are happy to swap the sides. If you are shy you can always make an excuse too. ‘One of the trainers at the gym told me you might be able to do it this way…’

Most importantly, enjoy your food.

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Sean, Next Level Fitness

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