Mistake #3: Starving yourself before dining out
One big mistake many of us make is that we barely eat on the day in which we plan to go out, so that they can increase the calories count while dining out. This is a big mistake because arriving super hungry for dinner will increase your cravings for unhealthy options and you will tend to overeat. And most importantly, you will build a very negative relationship with food once you do that. What I would recommend is eating a little less during that day if you want to go over the top a bit at the restaurant or stay 100% on track prior to going there.
Mistake #4: Knowing nothing about the restaurant you are dining in
This mistake occurs especially with people like myself who like to explore new places every now and then. But this could be harmful, especially that some restaurants offer only unhealthy options since they base their cooking methods around fried options. This could happen to any one of us. What I would recommend is to agree in advance with friends where you are going to dine. Check the restaurant on Zomato the day beforehand and have in mind what you might possibly order. This is a budgeting and nutritional trick at the same time!
Mistake #5: Not paying attention to drinkable calories
Similar to dressings, drinkable calories can be full of sugar and calories, which will lead to an increased calorie intake, without any additional benefit. In addition, you will tend to become hungrier later in the day since the consumption of sugar triggers hunger and food cravings.
Mistake #6: Eating oversized portions
As a rule of thumb, instead of estimating the portion size, just ask for it or ideally figure it out from the menu. Many restaurants will list it in their menu, which is ideal. If this is not the case, take time to ask the Chef and remember it is your right to make informed choices.
In the end, whether you decide to eat out or stay at home, by respecting some rules you can keep your goals and enjoy yourself.
Happy dining out!
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Pierre, the Healthy Foodie