How Can I Stick to My Resolutions and Still Eat Out?

When dining out at restaurants, your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be thrown by the wayside.

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Q: How Can I Stick to My New Year’s Resolutions and Still Eat Out at Restaurants?

The New Year can mean a fresh start on achieving New Year’s resolutions and long-term health goals.  If your New Year’s resolutions include weight loss and nutrition-related goals, eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to be thrown by the wayside to achieve them.  With a few expert tips like these and smart choices along the way you can enjoy dining out and still accomplish your New Year’s resolutions:

  • Be aware of portion sizes. Even a healthy meal can contribute to weight gain if portion sizes are too big.  Share entrées with friends or box up half your meal for later.
  • Get creative with your meal.  Order appetizers and a side salad instead of a full entrée.
  • Order meals that include fruits and vegetables as a major component.
  • Choose vegetables as side dishes when given the choice.  Request them steamed without the addition of butter, oil or cream sauce to cut down on calories and fat.  
  • Watch for hidden calories in beverages. One of the easiest ways to eliminate extra calories when dining out is to stick with water or unsweetened tea.