Tips for Maintaining Diet Without depriving Yourself of the pleasure of eating out

One thing is certain, there is nothing better than going out with friends, family or those we love the most to share a meal, isn't it? And when we are on a diet this activity that is so pleasant makes us apprehensive. Will we be able to maintain the diet even if we eat out? There are some tips that can help you maintain your diet without depriving yourself of the pleasure of going out with your friends. 


Tips for maintaining diet

1. Drinking water before meals: Drinking a glass of water at least half an hour before meals helps in the dilation of our stomach, leaving us more satiated and consequently we end up eating less. 

Ask first: If you are going out with friends to a restaurant with ready meals, ask first. Option for healthier and less caloric dishes, asking first you will not be influenced  by that friend who asked for a cheese-bacon accompanied by fries with a lot of catupiry and bacon. 

2. Eating at self serve: If your departure is for a restaurant where you can help yourself, help yourself and sit down, wait for everyone who is accompanying you to help themselves and sit down. Wait for everyone to start your meal. This act is not just a matter of education, but it will prevent you from finishing first and ending up repeating. That way, everyone will finish their meals at the same time. 

3. How to behave in meals that involve work: Being under pressure during a work meeting is no longer pleasant and when it adds up to having to eat it seems that things get worse. Eating anxious or under pressure, makes us eat more than necessary, so if you are under this situation, ask for a dish that you need to chew a lot, for example: a dish that has meat or salad. 

4. Meals with people who don't care about healthy eating: 
Do you know that friend who doesn't care about healthy eating? When it comes to healthy eating, if you don't want to be influenced by bad food choices, eat healthy snacks or fruits that give you satiety before going out to eat or drink. So, when they arrive at the restaurant or bar, you will no longer be hungry and will be able to eat in a conscious way. 

5. Willpower and focus: Changing the diet is not an easy task, especially if the person is not very keen to do it. Many end up choosing to go on diets, either by medical indication or some restriction on food, and this is often not seen with good eyes. Changing the feed should be gradually and without that pressure. Replacing those caloric meals with healthier dishes that are pleasant to the taste will help a lot in this new trajectory. Having willpower and focus you will be able to control yourself in a meal you have to do outside, without escaping from the diet. 3.3.1 How to assemble the dish 

When we are in front of the buffet, many doubts arise about how to set the dish, which foods to put in, which to avoid, how much of each food to put on the dish and how many calories it should have, in addition to many other doubts that may arise. 

Some tips on how to assemble your dish in a healthy way without running away from your diet. 

  1. First take that basic look at the buffet before serving, so right away it will be possible to know what you like and don't like, what you can and cannot eat. 
  2. Ideally, the dish should have an average of 300 to 400 calories, not to mention dessert and drink. 
  3. Food should be in the center, leaving the edges visible. 
  4. The salad must occupy 50% of the plate, which must be composed of vegetables (avoid the sausages and mayonnaise salads), avoid industrial sauces and prefer to season with olive oil and vinegar; preserved foods such as corn, peas, hearts of palm and olives are high in sodium and therefore should be consumed in small quantities. 
  5. In its other half, the dish should contain brown rice plus beans (about 2 tablespoons each). The protein is up to the meat, which can be red or chicken. Look for low-fat meats, if it is even better fish, give preference to grilled foods and avoid roasts and fried foods (the portion should be equivalent to the palm of your hand, not exceeding 100g of meat). 
  6. For dessert, choose fruit, fruit salads or desserts that contain low-fat yogurt. 
  7. For drinks, avoid industrialized juices and soft drinks. Prefer natural juices, coconut water or even tea.

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