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Fitness Minutes: (51,407)
4,820 2/22/13 2:41 P
Pre-planning helps. If you know where you are going, see if their menu is on-line. Remember... just because it's on your plate doesn't mean you have to eat it all. Restaurant portions are notoriously large. Choose as carefully as possible, avoiding fried food and sauces. Ask for a take-out container whenyou get your food, and put half your meal in that for lunch the next day. Another problem with restaurant food is salt - the soup is very high in salt, and even salads have a lot of salt whenyou look on the nutrition counts.
Eating out is important to me - I love the social aspect of it - and I still do it at least once a week, but if I'm going out for lunch, I will have a small, but filling breakfast (oatmeal is great); and I will plan a small dinner later. If I'm going out for dinner, I will eat less for both breakfast and dinner so that I can enjoy my dinner out.
If you have a smart phone download a restaurant nutrition app. I use this all the time as I have work meetings at least twice a month in restaurants. Also if I know I'm going to be eating out I try to plan my other meals around those calories.
Fitness Minutes: (4,987)
403 2/22/13 10:05 A
I have all but stopped eating out. I went on-line and reviewed the nutritional information provided several restaurants to see what they served that would fit into my nutritional requirements. My favorite hamburger was more than 1200 calories! It also had my allotment for fat and carbs for 2 days and sodium for 3 days. I thought to myself "No wonder I'm 75 pounds overweight."
On the rare occasion that I do eat out, I eat from the weight watcher's section of the menu or I have a side salad and an appetizer as my entree.
I do feel your pain, I used to really enjoy eating out, but I would rather get to a healthy weight and lifestyle than have another 1200 calorie hamburger.
Fitness Minutes: (10,352)
1,027 2/22/13 9:51 A
That's not terrible!
Good call not eating the actual wrap though! If you know that you'll be out, definitely taking a snack is a good idea, but if you know you will EAT out, I always check online at restaurants and look at the nutrition info first. Or find something comparable in the Spark nutrition tracker if the restaurant doesn't have info listed.
Fitness Minutes: (14,955)
737 2/22/13 2:27 A
Eating out and tracking calories is tough, but it's not realistic to expect that you will never eat out. All you can do is make the best choices you can, and then track as best as you can (but it's not going to be exact). If you track before you eat, you'll be able to tell how much you can have at that meal and for the rest of the day!
Fitness Minutes: (33,388)
5,088 2/21/13 11:29 P
Going 44 cals and 1 gram of fat over your max is not the end of the world :) Think of how many calories you saved by not eating the wrap!
Also: What I like doing is key word searches on Spark Recipes, I'll save what looks good to my favorites and I give them a try eventually - I've found some great ones that I make on a regular basis. Another thing - if I know I'm gonna be out and about, I'll pack some kind of portable snack, like almonds or a banana (or both) so that I'm not tempted to go somewhere for food.
Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 2/21/2013 (23:32)
Fitness Minutes: (38,374)
2,869 2/21/13 11:25 P
What I have done (and it has taken some time) is go through restaurants info online and compile a list of places to eat (sit down and fast food) and pick out the healthiest choices.
That way, whenever I go to X I know what to get.
Fitness Minutes: (1,713)
727 2/21/13 11:11 P
Early part of the day I was fine, but then, because I had to go to the eye doctor, we stopped out for something eat. I had a chicken salad wrap. I prob had one bite of the wrap (tortilla) when I decided to forgo it (the wrap) altogether.Anyhow, totals came in today 44 high in calories, and one high in fats. DARN. And I had finally broken through eight-pound loss to nine. I'm sure tomorrow I'll be up again.
I am going to HAVE to get a bunch of healthy recipes together off of SP so I'm not tempted to eat out.
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