Eating out while on a diet

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to go on a diet, or if you just want to eat healthier, there are ways to stick to these goals while dining out.

Instead of ordering one main dish, which may be a larger portion, order two appetisers. These smaller dishes will prevent overeating.

If you are craving that delicious pasta dish, ask for half of it to be put into a takeaway container. This will take care of dinner for the next evening.

Opt for tomato-based sauces over creamy or cheese-based ones to help cut the calories and fat from your meal.

Avoid buffets. When you are given an unlimited range of food at a buffet, eating the right amount becomes more difficult.

Avoid empty calorie and sugary drinks. Dilute white wine with sparkling water to make a spritzer and avoid cocktails, even mocktails, as they are made with lots of sugar.

If you want to make a healthy drink choice, stick to water, unsweetened tea or watered down fruit juice.

Choose meats that have been baked or steamed and not fried. Brown rice is a healthy alternative to traditional white rice, request this wherever possible.

Exercise regularly, particularly on the day you plan to eat out, as exercise not only burns calories but curbs your appetite.

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