TOP 5: dishes in a restaurant – what to order on a diet?￼
It’s a misconception that you have to give up dining out when you’re trying to lose weight. Nothing could be further from the truth! When eating out, you can make informed choices that support your health and well-being. You just need to know what to look out for when choosing a dish from a restaurant menu and which dishes are the healthiest. We’re here to help: get practical tips on smart dining out!
Dining out can be a challenge for those concerned about their figure and health. However, by choosing the right dishes and making informed decisions, we can enjoy a meal out without compromising our health. Although it’s not easy, with a bit of knowledge and consideration, it’s doable.
What should you pay attention to when choosing dishes in a restaurant?
Research shows that dishes high in saturated fats, salt, and simple sugars contribute to various diseases, including obesity. When choosing a dish in a restaurant, it’s advisable to avoid those containing red meat, dishes rich in cream or mascarpone-based sauces, and deep-fried dishes. Read more about what a well-balanced meal looks like in the article “4 rules to help you easily compose a balanced meal“.
What to eat in a restaurant while on a diet – TOP 5:
Grilled chicken with vegetables: This meal is rich in protein, low in fat, and full of nutrients from vegetables.
Tuna salad: It’s a source of healthy omega-3 fats, protein, and fiber.
Cream soups: Cream soups are usually low-calorie dishes that are a source of many nutrients and fiber, which provides a feeling of fullness.
Pasta with tomato sauce: A simple but always reliable dish. Often served with chicken or shrimp, making the dish also a source of protein.
Baked fish with vegetables and potatoes: This dish is rich in protein (from the fish) and many nutrients from the vegetables. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates and potassium and shouldn’t be avoided when on a diet. However, make sure they are eaten boiled or baked without the unnecessary addition of fat or rich sauces.
6 practical tips for smart dining out:
Listen to your body: Eat until you feel full. If that means eating half a portion, confidently ask to pack the rest to go or share the dish with a partner.
Drink plenty of water: Water aids digestion and fills the stomach, reducing hunger. It’s also a calorie-free drink.
Avoid dishes with lots of sauces: Sauces, especially those based on cream or mascarpone, significantly increase the calorie content of a dish.
Don’t go when starving: Try to plan your restaurant outing so you’re not famished. If you foresee being very hungry, consider having a snack beforehand to avoid eating too large a portion.
Be careful with drinks: Juices, sodas, and alcohol are additional calories we often forget about. Try to choose water or freshly squeezed juices without added sugar, which are sources of many nutrients.
Don’t hesitate to ask: If you have doubts about the ingredients of a dish, ask the waiter for information.
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