How to stick to Your Diet When Dining Out

Written by MEGAN COLWELL

How to stick to Your Diet When Dining Out

Thankfully, when following the Ultra Lite diet, you don’t need to lock yourself away from social situations in fear of ruining your progress. This way of eating needs to work for you long term, so learning to ‘eat out’ is essential. Here are some awesome tips to achieve this:

Eliminate complex carbs
Bounce the bread. Pass on the pasta. Purge the potatoes. Refuse the rice. Keep temptation off your plate by ordering your meal without the starchy sides.
If ordering an entrée, most restaurants will substitute for a salad or extra veggies
If ordering a sandwich or burger, most restaurants will substitute lettuce wraps for the bun.
If they will not substitute, simply eliminate the unwanted item, regardless.
If your plate arrives with a starchy side, consider your options. If you are certain you can leave it there, untouched, feel free. If you will be tempted to eat some of it, immediately ask the waiter to replate the meal without the starch. If you are at a more casual place, take care of the unwanted food yourself by discarding it in the bin.

 

Keep an eye on sauces and condiments
Some sauces, like Béarnaise sauce, contain mostly fat which are OK. Others, like ketchup, contain mostly carbs. Gravies can go either way.
If you are unsure about the sauce, ask about the ingredients and avoid it if it contains sugar or flour. You can also ask for the sauce on the side so you can decide how much to add to your meal.

Choose drinks with care
Perfect drinks are water, sparkling water or herbal tea.
If you chose to add an alcoholic beverage, make sure speak to your consultant first about the best choices.

Rethink dessert
Are you really still hungry? If not, enjoy a nice cup of decaf coffee or tea while you wait for others to finish their sweets.

Get creative if necessary
If nothing on the menu seems to work for you, feel free to improvise.
What about the Spaghetti Bolognese item – could the restaurant serve just the sauce in a bowl, like soup, with a large serving of sautéed veggies on the side? Both would be perfect sprinkled with Parmesan cheese!
Or, might you order two or three appetizers? A salad paired with a shrimp cocktail and a cheese plate makes a delicious low-carb dinner.
Just ask – you’re the customer, and the customer is always right.

Make sure to take your time and enjoy your dinner companions and the conversation. Remember, this is only one meal.