Post # 1
I’m participating in a weight loss challenge during February and I’m super competitive. I’m doing it to give me the added motivation to shed some holiday weight.
Most of my social time revolves around eating out. I make breakfast dates, lunch dates, dinner dates. I get that I can make other dates, it’s just not what my friends are used to.
I have a few previously made dates. One was for super unhealthy food and I wrote to my friends asking if we could either change to a healthier option or do a non-food get together. One of them suggested a restaurant that had what she considered to be healthy choices – but, I know I don’t want the extra calories from food from that particular place.
Which made me start thinking – when you are dieting – how do you handle going out to restaurant type situations?
Do you eat before hand?
Order something you may not necessarily like to make others feel comfortable?
Order tea or some non-calorie drink?
Don’t put yourself in those types of situations?
Since every calorie counts, I’m not about to blow calories on food I don’t like and/or on food I don’t know what’s in it. I also realizing going out to eat and getting together with people for that purpose and NOT ordering may be awkward for the other people.
I know that people are more important than calories… but I’m totally focused on my short-term goal.
How do you handle going out when you are on a strict diet?
Post # 3
Just have salad…I don’t get the problem. Any place worth going should have a good salad option. Or, count your calories that day, and then “save” for dinner. And then put in a few extra minutes of cardio.
I am a firm believer in eating what you want, though.
Post # 4
@peachacid: It’s a breakfast date, which makes it a little trickier (I’d normally do a salad for dinner or lunch). They have an egg white substitue type omelet on their ‘healthy menu’ – I’ve had it in the past, and this particular chain makes it horrifically. I’d rather just eat at home and have some tea and enjoy the company… but, I’m not entirely sure that’s the best route (but the one I’m planning to do, at this point).
Post # 5
I usually order grilled chicken or fish with veggies and eat half and bring half home. Ill enjoy a glass of wine though!
Post # 6
@UltrasoundTech: sounds yummy! That would be my typical maintenance type meal, though!!
Post # 7
I have become quite good at this! We eat out often and I’m not a big salad fan. I pretty much eat Paleo (I do the Advocare supplementations & food plans) and the majority of restaurants do not offer a good Paleo-friendly salad dressing. So, I always check their menu ahead of time. I opt for steamed veggies – always. I request salmon, some other type of fish, or chicken GRILLED without butter or grease. (pull out the allergy card if you have to – restaurants will do what you tell them when you say allergy!). Another good option is ordering a turkey burger (I eat mine without the bun). And for beverages, order water!
Post # 8
@oracle: order the least fattening think that you like and eat less of it.
Post # 9
just saw that it was a breakfast date- how about just a few scrambled eggs and turkey bacon or whole grain toast?
Post # 10
Applebees has a Weight Watcher’s/under 500 calorie menu. It’s delicious too.
I generally go for grilled meat (salmon is my favorite!) and veggies when I’m trying to eat low-cal and I’m out somewhere. And water to drink! Though sometimes I get sweet tea because I’m addicted to the stuff.
Post # 11
I go to the gym first, and then enjoy myself. Life is too short to worry, and as long as you aren’t eating every meal out, an dyou aren’t eating an appetizer, entree, dessert, and multiple drinks, you’ll be fine.
Post # 12
I know Weight Watchers has a lot of restaurants in their system for people that are on WW. While you may not be on WW so the points would not be relevant, the fact is, they have the restaurants in the system with nutritional breakdown, so if you are going to one of those places it may be helpful to look up the restaurant and see what WW suggests as the healthiest options. Perhaps you can also suggest one of those restaurants.
A lot of times I just get protein (like chicken) or salad. I just try to weigh the options and see what has the least amount of sauce, etc. My dad was on Medifast for a year and when we would go out he would be very specific in asking the waiters what is in the food, and ordering something special if need be. His favorite was going to Chinese because he could order steamed vegetables with tofu and they would prepare the sauce without sugar. Eating out while trying to lose weight is definitely feasible, I just think it takes planning time beforehand, as well as not being shy about asking what is in dishes or ordering something with substitutions.
Post # 13
Going out to eat socially is my worst nightmare when it comes to dieting and calorie counting. I just cant control myself. I normally blow my diet and eat whatever I want when we go out, but it sets me back probably 4 days. I think maybe 3 times in the last 6 months, I went out and respected my diet….so honestly, FH and I just stopped going out. Drinking is also much worse because one drink for me=”whats a diet? Lets binge.” We are doing 2 months w/out drinking as well. Its so hard to learn how to have a healthy relationship w/food for me.
Also, it makes me upset to pay for food that I really dont want to eat when going out (which is most healthy restaurant food.) I see other friends ordering the nice burger or whatever and I have a stupid grilled chicken…its the worst!!!! That is probably another reason I blow my diet. Ugh.
Post # 14
I always get some kind of house salad and whatever I want as an entree. Salads always fill me up a lot, so I end up only eating half (or less) of what I ordered. I drink lots of water when I go out so I don’t get bloated from all the sodium that’s typically in restaurant food. I eat lighter meals that day so I don’t feel guilty about going out to eat.
Post # 15
For breakfast you could do a veggie omelet with tomatoes instead of potatoes and no bread. A few egg yolks won’t ruin your diet if you don’t like their egg white only version.
you could also go for plain yogurt with fresh fruit and granola.
Post # 16
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If I’m being good, I usually get an entree salad (grilled chicken, etc) and make sure they leave off all the bad stuff (cheese etc).