Ethnic Eating-Out Tips: Thai, Indian, and French
Fabulous foreign food doesn't have to be fattening
At Any Restaurant
No matter what type of cuisine you choose, here are a few basic strategies
for dining out without sabotaging your weight loss plan:
- Keep it simple. Stick to preparation styles that are uncomplicated,
and dishes that don't have a lot of ingredients. If there is a sauce, ask for
it on the side. A creamy sauce is almost certain to be full of fat, so enjoy it
sparingly by dipping the tines of your fork into the sauce instead of ladling
it onto your food. Stay clear of casseroles and foods with lots of cheese,
which tend to be high in calories and saturated fat.
- Have it your way. Restaurants are in the business of customer
service, so don't be shy; ask that your food be prepared the way you like it.
Ask questions, and see what the chef is willing to do to make your selection
healthier. Restaurants are almost always willing to serve salad dressing and
sauces on the side so you can control the amount you use.
- Plan ahead. If you know you'll be going out to eat, bank a few
calories earlier in the day so you can splurge a little at the restaurant. Or,
step up your workout to burn extra calories in anticipation of your meal.
- Choose restaurants carefully. Avoid donut shops. Need I say more?
Buffets are an absolute test of willpower, so permanently cross them off your
list of favorite restaurants. And do yourself a favor and drive by those
tempting fried chicken restaurants. Deep-fat frying adds plenty of fat calories
that are bad for your waistline and your arteries.
- Portion control. We eat an estimated one-third of our calories
outside the home. And when we eat out, we tend to eat more food. This is not
surprising, since most restaurants serve larger portions than we do at home. So
keeping your portion guide in mind when you eat out. Consider ordering an
appetizer and a salad, or a soup and salad for your meal. Or save half your
dinner and bring it home for tomorrow's lunch.