I have decided to write my next blog post on the struggle of eating out, whether that’s going out for dinner or just going to work. In my opinion, this is the reason why most ‘diets’ or healthy-eating habits fail. It’s so easy to just pop to the shops on your lunch break to grab a meal deal, or choose unhealthy foods when eating out at restaurants. And these choices, although small, can have a real negative effect on weight loss. This doesn’t mean that we can never enjoy going out for dinner, but it just requires a bit of extra thought and organisation so that we make the right choices.
LUNCH: In terms of eating out at lunch, organisation is key. Most people grab a meal deal on their lunch break or on the way to work because it’s the quickest, easiest option. But if we spend just 15 minutes the night before making a quick lunch for the next day then we can not only save money, but also eat much more healthily. Instead of munching on a sandwich, crisps and a soft drink (which could cost £5), you could be eating a chicken, avocado and feta salad. Not only is the second option miles healthier (and delicious), but probably costs about £2 less, which quickly adds up – in a 5-day working week you would be saving approximately £10! So just take a few minutes out of your time the night before, even just during TV adverts, and you’ll be making a big change to your diet.
DINNER: Eating out is a very popular past-time nowadays, with restaurants serving all sorts of delicious cuisines. And it’s extremely easy to get sucked into bad eating habits, especially if you go out for dinner regularly. But it doesn’t have to be that way… we can still enjoy eating out if we learn to make the right choices, Of course, every now and again it might be nice to just indulge for the evening, but doing this regularly will massively hinder weight loss.
I’ve got 3 tips I want to share with you for eating healthily at restaurants: 1) Choose fish – if you like fish, it will often be the healthiest option on the menu when eating out. Not only is it a great source of fat, but it is also high in protein so it will make you feel full for longer.
2) Skip the starter – when we eat dinner at home, we rarely have a starter before our meal. So why do we need one when we eat out? I can think of numerous occasions where I have ordered a starter and then I struggle to finish my main because I am so full! Rather than indulging in a starter, why not wait that little bit longer so you can really enjoy your main meal. Weigh up what you want vs. what you actually need… and not only will it be healthier, but you will also save money!
3) Pick your side orders carefully – if you have the choice between chips and new potatoes, pick the second option! Small changes like this can make a huge difference. Or choose a side salad/green veggies instead. It may not always seem as appealing, but these choices will make you feel less bloated and you won’t wake up the next morning feeling groggy and full.
I know how hard it can be to follow these rules all the time, and sometimes we do just want to indulge, so if it’s the rare occasion then I say go for it. But in general, try to make a few small changes and you will notice a big difference!