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How to properly eat?

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Those who want to maintain a healthy diet, this eating out guidelines will help make wise food choices. Eating out is so simple, quick and fun that many Americans eat out regularly in large numbers. Averagely people must be eating out four times a week according to the National Restaurant Association. Particularly restaurant meals now a days have many courses and portion sizes that are too big. Besides, many sauces, garnishes and desserts that are served have too much fat.
How to properly eat?

However we can take many steps that can make restaurant experience both healthy and enjoyable. Simply using the following eating out guidelines is helpful:

  • Plan ahead of time.
  • Be selective and choose the food wisely. Menu choices at fast food restaurants are not always healthy. Burgers and fries, fried chicken or fish, soft drinks, mashed potatoes and gravy, bacon and eggs and biscuits are all very high in calories, saturated fat and sodium.
  • Do not skip meals before eating out. This can increase the hunger.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for calorie and fat information on menu entrées. If you do not know what the portion size of the entrée you are planning to order, ask the waiter.
  • Order smaller portions of food. The trend for restaurants is towards ever bigger serving sizes. Eat the same portion size you normally would eat at home. If the serving size is big, share it with some one or take the extra home in carry out package to eat on another day. Watch out for words like ‘Jumbo’, ‘Giant’, ‘Deluxe’, ‘Bigger’ and ‘Super-sized’. Order a regular or even better a ‘junior’ size entrée.
  • Talk to the chef if he can make adjustments in your order, like no butter, less salt, fat free dressing.
  • Order only what you need and what you desire to eat.
  • It is best to select foods that are prepared in a simple manner, such as steamed vegetables and broiled meats.
  • Avoid excessive nibbling on tortilla chips or bread baskets which is easy to do while talking and eating while waiting for your main order. If you eat bread before dinner, choose to have a whole-wheat roll.
  • Order dressings, sauces and gravy on the side so you can decide how much of this to eat.
  • Do not order fried foods. Watch out the way the entrees are written in the menu. Words like buttered, fried, pan-fried or creamed can mean high fat. Whereas words like boiled, broiled, baked, grilled and steamed signal low fat.
  • Choose clear soups instead of cream soups.
  • Limit soft drinks and alcohol. Order healthy beverages such as low fat milk, juice or water. Soft drinks typically contain 120 calories for every 12 ounces of drink. Diet soft drinks have no calories, and they do not have any nutrients.
  • Do not skip dessert. Just select fresh fruits or low-fat frozen yogurt.
  • Ask for substitution. Instead of high fat item, ask the waiter if he can substitute vegetable serving. If you are not able to get a substitute, request the high fat item be left ‘off’ your order.
  • And most importantly, EAT SLOWLY.