One of the most frustrating things about being on a diet or developing healthy eating habits is that it can seem like you can’t really go out for a meal with your friends or family without completely derailing your diet. Listed below are three easy ways to maintain your diet or healthy eating habits while still being able to eat out.    

Beverages

The beverages that you choose to order when you go out to eat can contain a large amount of sugar, artificial sweeteners,or just empty calories. This is mostly true when it comes to two of the most popular types of beverages: alcoholic and carbonated. If you want to be able to enjoy your meal and still avoid ruining your diet, instead of a soft drink or alcoholic beverage try ordering green tea, water, or even low-fat milk.

Salads

A salad is able to help you maintain your diet or healthy eating program while you are out because it can help you curb  your appetite a bit. By simply eating a pre-dinner salad you can fill yourself up a bit and avoid overindulging on your main course or dessert. 

However, you will want to be a bit careful when ordering your salad as many restaurants can overdo it a bit with the dressing, which can kind of ruin the healthy aspects of the salad. While all of that dressing can make your salad very tasty, consider ordering your salad with a cup of dressing on the side instead. This gives you the option to either limit the amount of dressing used or to forego the dressing entirely. 

Small Main Course

Finally, the biggest reason that eating out with friends can harm your diet is that restaurants tend to be very generous with their portions. While this is fantastic for your wallet, it is not so good for your healthy eating plans. An easy way to combat this is to simply find ways to make your main course smaller.

For example, you could opt for something from the appetizer menu instead of the main course section. These foods will often be just as tasty, but will consist of a smaller portion size. You could also arrange to split a main course with someone else at your table.

Another good option is to just ask the server to divide your meal before delivering it to the table, with one half being served to you and the other placed into a to-go bag or box. Since all of the food will not be on the plate at once you will not be as compelled to overeat. 

Maintaining healthy eating habits and going out to eat do not have to be mutually exclusive. If you simply find ways to limit your main course size, fill yourself up a bit with a salad, and avoid beverages with empty calories then there is no reason to worry about your restaurant outing harming your diet plans. Contact a restaurant for further assistance; over at this website is a local restaurant to contact to see how they can best help fulfill your needs.