When you go out to eat you want to be able to spoil yourself without feeling guilty about it, especially when you’re with friends and family. If you’re trying to lose weight, however, you have to pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking, as otherwise you could exceed your calorie requirements and jeopardise your weight loss. This is likely to be the case if you decide to consume quite a few alcoholic beverages and order a starter, followed by the main course and something for dessert, as well as a coffee afterwards.
You therefore have to decide whether it’s really worth indulging yourself this much when you will only pay for it later down the line. When you’ve spent the preceding weeks and months being ‘good’, only to completely abandon your weight-loss plan you probably won’t feel that positive about your actions. Thus, if you want to avoid the guilt and worry that you may gain weight as a result of eating out and not bothering to count calories you should really think about how you can keep your calories under control whilst you’re in the restaurant.
To begin with, you don’t need to order a starter, as this can bring with it additional calories that you don’t need when you will soon be eating your main meal, anyway. You also want to think about what you’re eating for your main course, as it might be a wise idea to stay away from the most calorific dishes, especially those cooked in fat and served in rich, creamy sauces. At the same time, though, you don’t want to eat a salad for your main meal only to feel hungry a few minutes later, as then you won’t be able to resist the temptation to eat dessert.
Thus, to avoid dessert and stay within your calorie allowance you should make sure that what you eat for your main meal is appetising and fills you up. It is much easier to say no to dessert when you’re not hungry, even if all your relatives decide to order something. You may feel slightly left out, but you could always order a coffee, instead, so that you have something to do with whilst everyone else is eating, though you have to be mindful of the calories you will be consuming. Alternatively, you could pop a mint or stick of chewing gum into your mouth to keep yourself distracted.
You could always decide to have dessert, but if this is the case you may want to reduce your calories elsewhere, so that instead of ordering fries with your main course you order salad instead, for instance. There may be a few healthy, lower calorie options on the menu or you could always wait until you get home and make yourself a fruit salad. Obviously, you know how much willpower you have and what you need to do to achieve weight loss and so it is up to you how you deal with the temptation to order dessert when eating out.