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Novi personal trainers give tips on a healthy diet when eating out

Jan 12, 2012

The demanding city life tends to rob us of time to pay attention to our health, especially in terms of the foods we eat. It’s often easier to eat out than cook at home; you won’t get past two city blocks without spotting a fast food store or a restaurant around the corner, but eating out in such places may not always be the healthy choice. Most restaurant foods contain plenty of not-so-healthy ingredients—and the portion sizes are huge! If you include those in your regular diet, you could end up having health issues that may affect your mind and body. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply to maintain a nutritious diet, you can choose to eat healthy foods even when eating out.

Here’s how you can do it:

Restaurants tend to serve large portions, so find ways to limit how much you eat. You can split a meal with friends or take the remaining portion of it home and just eat it later.

Make sure that you choose the best selection even if you’re locked in tight with very few options. Don’t just give up right away.

Don’t think for a second that you will just go with the flow, because you have a choice and you can choose your meals to be healthier. Instead of French fries, ask to substitute vegetables or side salad. You can also ask for condiments such as sour cream, salad dressing, mayonnaise butter and/or ketchup, to be on the side.

To avoid fatty foods, look for indicators in the menu. Usually foods that are deep fried, or breaded, or butter-dipped are sautéed in oil. Whenever possible, order foods that are grilled, broiled, poached, roasted, or steamed. If no foods on the menu are prepared this way, ask your server to have the food cooked the way you would prefer it.

Avoid the following:

Biscuits

Croissants

Potpies

Quiches

Pastries

Skip the bread altogether or opt for breads that are whole wheat.

Pressure from friends in eating out and fitting in can be tough for you if you’re on a weight loss diet; however, following these simple tips can really make a difference. A healthy diet is the perfect complement to a regular workout routine for safe, effective weight loss.

Get to Fitness Together in Novi and speak with our staff today. Our studio is located in Vantage Pointe Plaza, 24276 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48375. You can also give us a call at (248) 348-9230 or visit our Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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