With summer fast approaching, husband and wife fitness experts Dave and Carrie Woodward have helped countless people lose weight and boost health through true lifestyle changes and have provided our MommyWarriors readers some ways you can avoid packing on the pounds when you eat out.
Here are a few of Dave and Carrie’s tips and strategies to make sure you don’t sabotage your diet and your lifestyle when you dine out:
1. Eat Before You Go Out to Eat – ”Opt for a healthy snack before eating out. You’ll get a great boost of nutrients and keep your hunger in check. This will help you avoid ordering appetizers or snacking on chips and salsa or bread because you won’t be starving come meal time.”
2. Go for the Extra Veggies – ”Vegetables are fantastic for your body and low in calories. They are loaded with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and fiber, which will fill you up without the fat. They’ll make you feel good and eating them on a regular basis is going to make you look even better.”
3. Avoid Anything White – ”No matter if they are part of the appetizer or the main meal, white sauces, butter, rice, bread, pasta, whipped cream, cream cheese, fresh crème, sour cream should be kept back with a 10-foot spoon….Follow this simple rule: unless it’s cauliflower, avoid white foods when eating out!”
4. Box It Before You Eat It – When dining out, it is extremely easy to overeat because you have no control over how much is served on your plate. Before you start eating, ask your server to box up half of your meal. Yes, you can wait until you’re “done” eating to ask for a box, but why risk missing the halfway mark when you can take care of your portion control before you dig in? The chances of you actually having anything left over for a box dramatically decreases the longer you sit eating. So save yourself the trouble; you’ll be so glad you had the foresight to as you continue to benefit from your diet and have not just one but two enjoyable meals.”
Dave and Carrie can provide you with many more practical tips to help you eat out without blowing it, check out their website BodyEvolution.com for more info.