Last updated on Dec 19th, 2019 at 08:52 am

The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Best restaurant strategy

So you’re on a diet, but it’s your anniversary, and you and your partner want to go out for dinner to celebrate. How do you deal with going to a restaurant without totally messing up your diet? Here’s a strategy to minimise your calorie intake without minimising your fun.

  • First, drink water before you go. Have a big glass. It’ll fill you up a bit, and make you drink fewer calorie-laden drinks while out.
  • Next, order a starter to share. Sharing food can be romantic, but it also means you get the flavour you want without all the calories of a full portion.
  • Now, wait a bit. Don’t just eat, eat, eat. Give yourselves (and your digestive systems) time between courses. Chat, enjoy the venue – you’re paying for this.
  • Now order main courses. Try to make the sides healthier options, for example have baby potatoes instead of fries, or a salad instead of starch. Don’t go for something you don’t want just because it may be slightly healthier.
  • Now, order a dessert. Again, just one to share. You really don’t need more than that anyway, and you can have a coffee after if you still want something more. Sweet things after a meal aren’t meant to be filling. They are just meant to end you off on a sweet note. Again, choose what you want, but share it so you don’t overdo it.

If you follow these steps, and choose your drinks wisely – red wine, light beer or whisky are best – then you’re going to do well on your diet plan, and you’ll still enjoy yourself. There’s no need to go mad, but there’s also no reason to stay home all the time.


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