Helpful Tips For Dieters Eating Out
Helpful Tips For Dieters Eating
Restaurants are more accommodating than you might
think - a 1988 National Restaurant Association survey found that nearly 90% of
all table service restaurants will alter food preparations on request. Here's
how to design delicious, low-risk meals with a chef's help.
- GAIN THE EDGE ON HUNGER by starting with a
broth-based soup, fruit, raw vegetables, unbuttered bread, or a light
- CHOOSE ENTREES that are steamed, poached,
broiled, roasted, baked, or cooked in their own juices. Fish is almost
always the best choice. Pass up anything fried or sautéed.
- CUT THE FAT off red meats and remove the skin
from your chicken before eating it.
- STAY AWAY FROM THICK, RICH SAUCES and stick to
ones that are thin and stock-based. Avoid hollandaise, béarnaise, beurre
blanc, or anything that sounds like gravy. Choose red pasta sauces over
- ASK FOR YOUR VEGETABLES STEAMED.- ORDER SALAD
DRESSINGS ON THE SIDE and then use them sparingly. Try lemon juice, plain
vinegar, or buttermilk dressing as low-fat alternatives.
- EAT SMALL PORTIONS or order half-portions at a
- and never stuff yourself. As your stomach
expands, so does your appetite.
THE RIGHT DIET
The best commercial diet programs focus on smart
food choices. No plan is perfect, but the good ones all have the following
features in common:
- Recommend food that is low in fat and sugar,
and high in complex carbohydrates, such as breads and vegetables.
- Teach you how to cook delicious low-fat meals
that are quick and easy to prepare.
- Include an adequate supply of vitamins and
- Ask you to eat at least 1,100 calories a day.
- Allow you to eat a variety of foods you like
- Let you go out to restaurants.
- Encourage new eating habits and exercise.
AVOID CRASHING AND POPPING. Studies show that
people who repeatedly go on and off crash diets actually gain weight over time.
The sad fact is that the only thing crash dieters ever learn is how to starve.
Suppressing your appetite with mot diet pills only risks a number of nasty side
effects, such as irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, and dependency.
Plus, once you stop taking them, any weight you've lost will probably sneak
right back on. Weight control is learned behavior.
There is more flexibility with diets and weight
loss programs now, and there are even prepared foods especially recommended for
the weight conscious person. The low fat and low sodium foods are especially
recommended on almost every diet and all supermarkets now have a section devoted
to these special foods.