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How can you enjoy the great taste of restaurant food without overeating? Ask for smaller portions. A simple request can make a difference in cutting your calorie, fat and salt intake -- especially if you eat out more than once a week.
Eating smaller portions is a simple way to watch your waistline. Most people still feel their hunger is satisfied with a smaller amount of food. Here are some smart solutions to common portion control challenges.
You want to order something that you don’t make at home. The problem? A single portion is so big, it could be served on a platter.
What you can do: Enjoy the taste but keep huge portions in check.
It’s hard to stop eating even when you’ve had enough.
What you can do: Stop a couple of times during your meal to ask yourself if you’re still hungry. It’s easy to get distracted and eat more than you need. Don’t wait until you feel full – by then, you may have overeaten.
You always order a drink other than water.
What you can do: Calories in drinks can really add up. Decide whether these extra calories are going to be worth it.
You like to treat yourself to dessert when you eat out.
What you can do: Enjoy a little taste by eating slowly and enjoying every spoonful.
Small is the new big. Some restaurants have a tasting menu with bite-sized desserts. Most restaurants serve up large desserts. Here’s how to indulge a little without the guilt:
Eating out can be a nice treat, but most restaurant foods tend to be high in calories, fat and salt, and lower in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and milk. If you’re trying to eat healthier, you’re better off eating out less often. But here’s the good news: if consumers ask for healthier menu choices, restaurants will offer them.
Contact an EatRight Ontario Registered Dietitian for more tips on making smart choices when eating out. Call 1-877-510-510-2 or send an email.
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