It's Hard to Choose Healthy Eating Over Dinner Out with Friends
With their large portions, and often excessive use of high calorie ingredients such as butter and cream, restaurants can be a landmine in your war against weight. Passing on dinners out with friends or banning your favorite restaurants sounds easy, but over time it can make you feel antisocial. But there are strategies you can implement that will allow you to lose weight and keep your social life, says registered dietitian Sarah Krieger, a Tampa, Florida-based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. She suggests “checking online restaurant menus before you go out so you’ll have a plan before you order.” When it comes to parties, eat a small snack (a piece of fruit or handful of nuts) before you go to help prevent overeating. Finally, Krieger recommends inviting friends and family to your house for dinner gatherings. This gives you control over the menu, ingredients, and portions so you can eat healthy while still enjoying great company.