While eating home cooked meals 7 days a week is pretty ideal for someone being health conscious, the reality is that’s not always possible. There will always be times when you have a birthday dinner, wedding, or simply want to enjoy a date night—and that’s perfectly fine! Here are a few tips for enjoying eating away from home without ruining your progress.
Plan your restaurant meal beforehand- If you know Friday night is date night, look up the menu for the restaurant you’ll be dining at and decide ahead of time what you’d like to eat. Plug that in to your food diary first, and then plan the rest of the days macros around it. Maybe you’re going with your favorite pasta dish in which case you’ll likely have to save a lot of your carbs for this meal, or perhaps your splurge will be on a nice steak in which case you’ll keep an eye on fats beforehand.
Know how to make modifications- and don’t be scared to! It’s really not that difficult on servers to make modifications to your order (trust me I served all through college!) and you’ll be better off in the long run. Ordering things ‘dry’ is always a big help as this will leave off any butter or oils they typically cook the food in. Also asking for dressings and sauces on the side will be a big calorie saver. You can also make larger modifications like subbing out a chicken breast for a burger patty.
Hold the rolls- Unless you’ve already planned them into your macros (or have been aware of your carb intake that day) ask the server not to bring the rolls or bread to the table. Hardly anyone can resist the temptation of a warm buttery roll, but if they’re not there staring you down, you’ll me much more likely to be just fine without one. Skipping the rolls can save you hundreds of calories and allow you to enjoy more of your meal.
Watch the cocktails- Having a glass of wine or your favorite margarita is always fun to do, but make sure you are enjoying them in moderation. Remember, when alcohol enters your system your body stops metabolizing food and works only to get the alcohol out of your body. So pizza + too many beers can be the culprit of your weekend weight gain.