(Closed) Weight loss and going out to eat socially – what do you do?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: When dieting strictly, how do you handle going out to eat?
    I avoid going out to eat : (9 votes)
    8 %
    I order something I may not necessarily like, but that's low-cal or within my diet parameters : (57 votes)
    52 %
    I order a non-calorie beverage to consume while others eat : (2 votes)
    2 %
    I blow my diet and order whatever I want off the menu : (22 votes)
    20 %
    other : (19 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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 # 5
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I usually order grilled chicken or fish with veggies and eat half and bring half home. Ill enjoy a glass of wine though!

    Post # 7
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @oracle:  order the least fattening think that you like and eat less of it.

    Post # 9
    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016


    just saw that it was a breakfast date- how about just a few scrambled eggs and turkey bacon or whole grain toast?

    Post # 10
    4979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    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
    13288 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    10 posts

    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
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    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
    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    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).

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