Enjoy Food Dates Without Wrecking Your Diet
Try these tips to make those romantic food dates less fattening.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
You want to make sure you have plenty of calories to spend on the food
during your date, so choose low- or no-calorie drinks. Try unsweetened iced
tea, hot tea, coffee, club soda with lemon or lime, diet soft drinks, or
If you must, have only one glass of wine -- or a wine spritzer. Just
enjoying two glasses (6 ounces each) of wine will add up to 250 calories.
The Dessert Doggy Bag
Restaurant desserts can be oh-so-tempting. But it may help to keep in mind
that your after-dinner romantic activities will be much more pleasing if your
stomach is comfortable, not full.
By ordering a mutually agreed upon dessert "to go," the two of you
will have a special something to share much later in the evening when your
hunger resurfaces. Not only that, but you'll still get to try of few bites of
that mesmerizing treat that caught your eye when the dessert tray passed
One Meal Won’t Matter, Right?
But come on, you say: One super-rich, greasy, or creamy meal isn’t going to
harm your health, right? Research from Australia and Sweden says
The researchers fed a meal that was high in either saturated fat or
polyunsaturated fat meal on two separate occasions to 14 healthy men and women.
(A high-saturated-fat meal is typical of a special restaurant dinner).
The researchers found that several hours after the high-saturated fat meal,
there was a decrease in the ability of the study subjects' "good" (HDL)
cholesterol to act as an anti-inflammatory agent and to help arteries relax
(which allows for better blood flow). But the anti-inflammatory action of HDLs
improved after the subjects ate polyunsaturated fat.
So avoiding restaurant meals high in saturated fat is definitely a good idea
-- whether you're trying to lose weight or not.
Don’t Check in to Heartburn Hotel
For the 10% of the population who experience heartburn and reflux daily, a
romantic dinner out can lead to pain instead of love and laughter. According to
Anthony A. Starpoli, MD, director of the Gastrointestinal Reflux (GERD) Unit at
St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, the biggest mistake people make is eating
large meals when they dine out.