Dining Tips When Counting Calories

Friday, December 16, 2016
Dining Tips When Counting Calories

If you are a weight-conscious, calorie-careful kind of eater and you constantly find yourself reading and re-reading a menu hesitant and doubtful as to what to order, take comfort in knowing that those days are nearing an end. There are small changes we can make in our ordering that can total to a huge difference in calories and fat.



Special Requests

With the current health craze, most restaurants are happy to accommodate your needs.  Small requests, such as ordering your salad dressings, gravy, and sauces on the side, give you complete control over how much you put.  If you’re in the mood for chicken, ask that the skin be removed before cooking and that it be prepared with vegetable oil instead of butter and no salt.



Size Matters

Portion size is just as important as what you eat. Ask for smaller portions, or share the main with a friend.  By the same token, order an extra large salad to fill you up on the good stuff! That doesn’t mean you skip your main, but you won’t be as likely to overeat.



What to Order

Where dressing is concerned, lemon and mustard is a wise choice with virtually no calories. Avoid any mayonnaise, cheese, and sour cream in your dressings and on any baked potatoes. Reach for the bread over the croissants, and whatever you do, don’t tempt yourself to overindulge at an all-you-can-eat buffet.



Plan Ahead

If it is a special occasion or you feel like treating yourself, then cut back or be extra careful of your other meals that day.  Planning ahead can help you relax and enjoy your dining experience without your diet.  It’s your right to go out and treat yourself.