Eating Healthy While Dining Out

MallWho doesn't love dining out on the weekends? It is extremely easy to be tempted, especially with so many unhealthy options. Eating too much fast food or choosing high-calorie items can drag a person's body down, literally. The most obvious problem is weight gain. Here are some easy pointers to remember when you are out dining:

  • Go for balance. Choose meals that contain a balance of lean proteins (like fish, chicken, or beans if you're a vegetarian), fruits and vegetables (fries and potato chips don't qualify as veggies!), and whole grains (like whole-wheat bread and brown rice). That's why a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato is a better choice than a cheeseburger on a white bun.
  • Watch portion sizes. The portion sizes of American foods have increased over the past few decades so that we are now eating more than we need. The average size of a hamburger in the 1950s was just 1.5 ounces, compared with today's hamburgers, which weigh in at 8 ounces or more.
  • Drink water or low-fat milk. Regular sodas, juices, and energy drinks usually contain "empty" calories that you don't need — not to mention other additives, like caffeine.
Often when you are out with your friends on the weekend you will stop somewhere quick and get a bite to eat. Whether you are at the mall or a fast-food place there are always options. Here are a few tips for when you are on the go:

  • Ask for sauces or dressing on the side and use them sparingly.
  • Order baked, broiled, or grilled lean meats.
  • Always choose fresh fruit over sugary, high-fat desserts.
  • Choose the smaller sizes, especially when it comes to drinks and snacks.