Molly McNamee | Eating “Restaurant Style” for Weight Loss
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Eating “Restaurant Style” for Weight Loss

You’ve likely heard many times that eating out at restaurants is not good for weight loss. Eating out means you have no control over the ingredients or how a meal is prepared. Restaurants typically add more sugar and salt to meals because they want to ensure there is a lot of flavor. Even meals deemed “healthy” can sometimes be calorie traps.

However, there are a few things you can learn from restaurant style eating that can actually help you lose weight! Try implementing these things into the way you eat and serve your meals at home.

Keep the food in the kitchen

Food should not leave the kitchen unless it is about to be eaten. Keeping snacks in different rooms of your house makes it too easy to over-eat when you are bored. Store food in the kitchen at all times.

Plate it up

What is one thing you’ll never see at a restaurant? Meals served out of plastic Tupperware. Another thing you’ll never see? Customers eating over the kitchen sink. Tupperware, sink meals typically lead to over-eating. If you sit down and put your food on a proper plate, you will likely eat less and chew slower. Both of those things are ideal for weight loss.

Portion control

Restaurants in America tend to serve big portions. I do not recommend you give yourself the same portion at home, however, the idea of keeping all of the portions the same is one should try out.

Wait for more

When you ask a waiter for seconds, you are forced to wait for the kitchen to prepare it and bring it out. Give yourself that waiting period at home. Nine times out of ten you will find that the longer you wait, the less you crave that second helping. It takes your body around 20 minutes to feel fuel after eating a meal. Try waiting those 20 minutes before you go in for seconds.

Write it down

Your waiter writes down everything you eat, and so should you! Food journaling is proven to be one of the best ways to diet. When you write down everything you eat, you are more aware of how much or how little goes in your mouth each day. This is also a great way to peek into the macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and protein) you are eating on a day-to-day basis. Once you know how much of each macronutrient you are eating, you can more easily adjust your food habits to promote fat loss!

Add some color

Restaurants add color to their meals to make them more appealing to look at. Superficial reasons aside, colorful food tends to be the most nutritious. Fill your plate with a rainbow of vegetables for boosted health.