Eating out at restaurants is a fun, social activity to indulge in, but it often leads us to binge on calories. Between huge portions and the amount of fried food and butter, it is no wonder that a single dinner entree can have upwards of 1,000 calories at most major restaurant chains. However, that does not mean you have to miss out on a fun night out. If you set guidelines for yourself and exhibit self-control, you can enjoy a meal out at a restaurant completely guilt-free. Here are our tips for eating healthier at restaurants:

Only eat half

A great way to save on calories is to not eat your entire entree, which are often big enough for two servings anyway. Ask for a box with your meal so you can wrap up the portion you do not plan to eat immediately. This puts the extra food out of sight, and therefore, out of mind, so you won’t be nibbling on it as you wait for your plates to be cleared. Bonus: you now have lunch for tomorrow already prepared!  

Notice how the dish is prepared

One of the ways restaurants pack calories into their food is by frying or sauteing their dishes. Instead, stick to food that is steamed, roasted, baked, or grilled. Avoid pasta dishes that come with cream sauces or a lot of cheese.

Order an appetizer

Often, appetizers provide more than enough food, but in smaller portions and with saner amounts of calories. Instead of ordering an entree, considering ordering one or two appetizers instead in order to easily control your portions.

Skip the beverages

It is easy to add on hundreds of calories by ordering soda or cocktails. Stick to water and you will save calories and money. If you must have a drink, stick to one glass of red wine, which is heart healthy, and may have fat burning properties.  

Eating healthily at restaurants doesn’t have to be difficult, and when you do go out to eat, don’t forget to hit up Spunk Fitness the next day! Contact us today about our gym memberships.