If I am going out to a restaurant that has a website, I will check their menu online and go ahead and make my food selection in my head before I get there. That way I can check calories and keep it low.
Another strategy is to have them bring you a "doggie box" when they bring your food and put part of the food in the box before you even take your first bite. That way, you won't be so tempted to eat a gigantic portion of food.
Finally, I will have a virgin drink before I have a mixed drink (club soda with lime, virgin mary, diet soda). I limit my alcoholic drinks to one, but I want to make sure it lasts, so I don't want to be actually thirsty when I drink it. I love margaritas and they aren't diet friendly, so when I save the calories to spend on one, I want to enjoy it and make it last.
Don't be afraid to ask the chef to do something special for you. A good chef wants you to have pleasure from their creation, they won't mind modifying. I went to a restaurant recently that had crab cake sandwiches with fries. I asked for the crabcake with a side salad, rather than the bread for the sandwich and fries. It was delicious, just the right portion, and the chef didn't mind at all.
So, those are some ideas. I hope they help!
I am thankful.
| current weight: 165.8