How to Eat Out & Stick to Your Low Carb Diet
Just because you are on a low-carb diet, doesn’t mean that you need to stopping eating out and enjoying yourself. While it is easier when you are at home and can plan what you have at each meal, if you know how to order you can find something suitable at almost every restaurant you visit. Here are some top tips on how to stick to your low-carb diet and still enjoy eating out.
Most restaurant have their menus available online if you Google them. Before you visit the restaurant, have a look at the menu online and decide on what you would like to order before you get there. Having a better idea of what’s on offer will make it easier for you to make an informed choice on what to order, and you can avoid feeling stressed when your waitron arrives.
Ditch the Bread
Avoid any bread that gets put on the table before your food comes, and rather order a glass of water if you are feeling hungry or tempted. If you want to order a burger, ditch the bun and rather make it into a lettuce or mushroom burger.
Remove the Temptation
Many restaurants will bring a breadbasket or similar to start off the meal. If you know you will find it difficult to resist tucking into this, kindly tell the waiter that you won’t be needing it or, if they have already brought it, kindly ask them to take it away before you start with it.
Choose the Right Sides
Most main meals come with different options for sides. These are usually high carb options, such as fries or mash. Most restaurants will also offer low-carb options, such as veggies or salads. Choose these instead of the high-carb options are do your best to stick to vegetables that are lower in carbohydrates.
Skip the Pasta
Unless you are allowing yourself a cheat meal, skip the pastas and rather look at the items on the menu that are protein-based, such as your chicken, steak or fish. Choose one of these and pair it with your veggies and you are good to go!
Sticking to your diet whilst eating out can be simple with a little planning and some discipline. You don’t need to feel guilty about enjoying a meal out with friends and family, and you can still keep the low-carb diet on track and have a delicious meal.