Jennifer Hudson looks great. She’s the current poster girl for Weight Watchers in addition to all of the other successful individuals who are doing it well with their system. Dropping from a size 16 to a 6, you may wonder what’s the key to keep the weight off and still living your life regularly?
Weight Watchers kindly gave a dining do’s and don’t for the tempted foodie when dining out at restaurants that will help you not lose control but, enjoy your experience with some good eating. Here our the 10 tips:
1. Set a budget.
Determine how much you’re willing to eat before looking at the menu. You can give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, don’t be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don’t let every day become a special occasion.)
2. Put on your game face.
Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:
- Skip the all-inclusive menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you’ll probably eat less.
- Take one piece of bread, then ask your server to remove the breadbasket from the table.
3. Make special requests.
You’re paying good money for that meal, so you’re entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:
- Can I get that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?
- I’d like mixed greens instead of fries with my sandwich.
4. Practice portion control.
Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the “normal” size–especially super-sized fast food meals. Keep your portions in check by:
- Ordering a salad as a starter and then splitting a main entrée with a friend.
- Creating your own scaled-down meal from a couple of appetizers and/or side dishes.
5. Break down (language) barriers.
If you don’t know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes:
- Au gratin, scalloped, hollandaise.
- Parmigiana, scampi, Bolognese.