It might seem like you have a ton of control over your diet within your own kitchen. You prepare your own meals; you track everything down to the exact macro. You go into your days with a set plan on what you are going to eat and when you are going to eat it. But what happens when things do not go according to your "plan"? Do you cave and classify everything as a "one time cheat meal" or do you try your best to stay on track even when things get a little hectic?
It can be difficult to get in the habit of eating healthy while eating out but once you get the hang of it, the chances of your diet failing go down significantly. The reality is eating out is significantly different in terms of nutrition than it would be to eat at home, even with very similar types of meals. However there are ways to eat out and still not wreck your entire diet!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EATING OUT VS EATING IN
BECOME THE PRO AT EATING OUT
GET TECH SAVVY
HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR RESTAURANTS
Restaurant Tip: It's really important to not put a "one size fits all" mold on a restaurant! While some places seem like definite "off-limits" type of restaurants, a lot of places can really surprise you with some healthier options. The best way to succeed long term with your healthier lifestyle is to realize that most places do have healthier options and you can actually find something to eat at most restaurants.
Adaptability is key to any big change and may be a very valuable tool for you on your way to success! Do not label entire places as "off limits" but also be careful not to mask a place that serves healthy options as a "healthy place". Most restaurants will not serve only "unhealthy" foods. This almost means to pay special attention to the restaurants you classify as "healthy" eating establishments because often times those foods are not any better for you, calorically, than McDonalds.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
The Cheesecake Factory
Again, a lot of places develop a negative reputation in terms of "health benefits" and it is important to look beyond these reputations and look at the food! Taco Bell has actually been named one of the healthiest fast food establishments in recent years. They have created a healthier, high protein line of items which can make for a great on-the-go meal!
Power Menu Bowl- Chicken = 480 calories
Power Menu Burrito- Steak = 460 calories
Side of Black Beans & Rice = 180 calories
Just to further prove this point, we provided some healthier options from McDonalds, one of the most recognized companies in the nation for their "unhealthy foods."
Egg White Delight = 250 calories
Fruit n' Yogurt Parfait = 150 calories
Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich- 350 calories
Hamburger- 250 calories
Side salad- 15 calories
Apple slices- 15 calories
THE BOTTOM LINE
The main point is that there are a lot of different options for successfully eating out while on a diet. It is extremely valuable to master the concept of eating out while on a diet. If you can successfully do it, you will feel a lot less pressure in social situations. You will feel more in control of yourself. Most importantly, you will not have to give up one aspect of your life for the other. Creating a balance while learning how to adapt to the constant changes in your life will make all the difference.