The term ‘Diet’ is mostly perceived as synonymous with term ‘Restriction. It is a general misconception among people across the world that when one person is on a diet, his or her food options are limited; snacks, candy, desserts and other tasty foods are not permitted. But, this is not the truth, since one has to count the right calories with limited fat content foods. Hence one should know the fact that diet is not all about restriction and limitations, but it is about the calorie counts.

Eating outside such as restaurants, hotels and other public or private places should not have to sabotage a healthy diet. When it comes to smart eating habits whether, in homes or restaurants, few critical strategies are to be worked out such as advanced planning, choosing the right menu and selection of right food. Here planning means merely preparation before having a dinner at a restaurant. Take light meal during the day. Knowing the menu can make your order easier and quicker especially you need any customized dietary needs. More importantly, choose the right restaurant which is familiar to you.

If you on your business travel, your first choice each day is to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast gets the body’s motor started, ready to work throughout the day. Instead of a cup of coffee, drink some fruit juice. Instead of a bacon egg and cheese sandwich, eat a toasted bagel.

On the other hand, if you are going out for dinner with your loved ones, use a different strategy. A healthy diet is all about choices. Don’t be a meek consumer but an assertive customer. To get the best value for your money on food as well as services, do not hesitate to make changes on the menu. Prefer grilled items over the fried ones. When ordering French fries, demand for plenty of veggies. Also, have a limited portion of meat and increase the portion of the salad. Remember, to have food which is prepared the way you want and not as per the choice of the restaurant.

While ordering veggies demand for more servings if the number of adults is more in your family. Check how the food was prepared and never go as per the menu. To cite an example, cholesterol-free may not always be fat-free, since the food is with more calorie dense oil. Insist for the ‘lite’ fat food that contains lower in calories. Use the simple thumb-rule LHL which indicates light, healthy and low fat. It is interesting to note that reputed restaurants as a marketing strategy always present the nutritional information on their entire menu. However, beware of low-carb options claimed by few restaurants. It does not mean low calories.

Order the salads that are supposed to be good for health and avoid fatty salads. Eating salads before the main course of the meals can make you eat lesser calories overall which is a good sign while eating out. Last, but not the least, do not value the food you consume in terms of money, instead of the value in terms of calories. Even if it is costlier; it is worth your overall health. Never forget this logic, when you go out to a restaurant next time. Happy Eating!

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