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Healthy Eating at Restaurants
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Eating out can be a big part in many people's
lives. Maybe you eat out frequently because you entertain your clients at
restaurants, or perhaps you don't like eating out, but just do it to remain a
social being. Regardless of this, if you want to maintain your body restaurant
meals are a massive hurdle to overcome. Matter of fact, regular restaurant
dining is a major reason why so many of us put on weight while traveling.
Follow these simple tricks you can easily use
to eat healthy and remain lean even while eating out at restaurants.
There are three very important things to
avoid at restaurants:
- deep fried
- any juices,
soft drinks, or any other high sugar foods (except whole fruits, which are
That means you should skip the table bread,
the fries that come with every meal, and reduce all of the heaped servings of
rice and pasta that are often served in plentiful amounts.
If you skip these major no no’s, this
eliminates - trans fats, refined vegetable oils, refined starchy carbohydrates,
and processed sugars.
As an alternative, order just meat with a
salad, and side vegetables, asking for the salad or vegetables to substitute
the usual pasta, potato fries, or rice. Many restaurants now-a-days will
actually give you this option upfront.
It is amazing how many people I am
scrutinized by because I exchange my fries for veggies, telling me that I
‘haven’t lived’ until I eat potato fries. What a joke! If that's their
idea of ‘living’, they need to find some much better hobbies!
In an ironic twist, these are often the first
people complaining they are overweight and have apparently ‘tried everything’.
To eat things in moderation is all good if you ask me, however everybody now
knows that there are two things that no-one should ever touch – EVER! -
soft drinks, and french fries. Note: even ‘diet’ soft drinks are not
Substituting fries and soft drinks save a
minimum 500 - 900 calories every time you dine out (depending on portion
sizes). Not only that, but you are ALSO eliminating the unwanted trans
fats and processed sugars.
‘Pre-meal’ Exercise – Eat Carbs
WITHOUT packing on fat!
There IS a way you can eat full portions of
bread, rice, and pasta, without adding on body fat, although this is not
something known by the common man - scheduling in a high intensity resistance
training workout (can use either body weight training or free weights) right
before your meal.
It may be difficult to fit this workout in
right before the meal, but if possible, the meal will be your ‘post-workout’
meal. After a high intensity resistance training workout, your body is able to
manage a higher amount of carbohydrates than normal, because it helps replenish
your muscle glycogen depletion during the high intensity workout.
Moderate intensity cardio exercise will NOT
allow for this. Only a high intensity resistance training workout will
deplete enough muscle glycogen to handle restaurant size carbohydrate portions.
Use these dining tips to help make smarter
and healthier decisions for a lean body, the next time you dine out.
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