I agree with the others - no need to justify your food choices. It's your body, and why do they care? I usually will plead fullness if someone says something or that I'm saving room to split a dessert. Or use it as an opportunity that you are trying to eat less and move more. Just because they may be used to you one way doesn't mean that you can't change.
What I do:
-I never take home leftovers from restaurants. More than likely, it's something that I would not eat normally, so I don't drag it out to another meal. I'm fortunate to have the budget that allows me to do so.
-Two drink maximum. Usually one because I drink less in general than I used to, and with the weight loss, one is usually enough for me to feel it.
-Look at the menu ahead of time. I went to Pei Wei a couple of weeks ago with friends and picked an entree that I could eat 1/2-3/4 of and have a cocktail later without blowing my ranges. I sometimes will also adjust what I eat earlier in the day as well - still eating, but being a bit more conservative. Not all places have the nutrition info, but you can estimate ahead of time. Urban Spoon often has menus of smaller places.
-Grilled steaks are your friend. A 6 oz steak, side salad with a sensible dressing, and a veggie or 1/2 a baked potato with a bit of butter/sour cream (get it on the side) can be a good way to go. Ask for the steak to be prepared sans butter, and you'll be even better off. Another grilled meat would also work, but steak always is perceived as decadent to others (and I rarely have it, so it's a bit of a treat). Fish/seafood would kind of fit that bill as well.
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