Holiday tips part 3 – Eating out

Eating at restaurants are part of a relaxing holiday… But this doesn’t have to be the weight gain culprit!


Here are a few tips when eating out:

  • Choose the restaurant carefully. Fast food restaurants serve food high in fat and sugar, and this will obviously cause weight gain.
  • Eat something small before going to a restaurant to prevent over-eating due to hunger pangs
  • Decide on how many courses will be eaten so that you can estimate your portions correctly for the meal.
  • When starters are ordered, try to stick to vegetable platters or salads. Avoid the bread rolls and focaccia bread. You will then have a bigger food allowance for your main meal.
  • Order “clean” food. Avoid saucy stews, curries, pastas and other combined meals such as lasagna, bobotie and paella. Sauces contain a lot of sugar and fats that will contribute to unwanted kilojoules.
  • “Clean” food consists, for example, of a piece of protein (fish, meat, chicken) with a side salad or veggies and a starch (rice, potato, butternut). This will make it easy to estimate your correct portion.
  • Always ask for accompanied dressings or sauces on the side so that you can control the amount that will be consumed.
  • Avoid excessive salt
  • Always cut off the visible fat from meat and chicken.
  • Avoid deep fried food items
  • When a meal comes with a side order of chips, replace it because the temptation will be too great to resist once it is in front of you.
  • When it comes to desserts, remember that all desserts contain sugar, butter and refined carbohydrates. If you really want to order a dessert, share with someone and just take a small taste to prevent future cravings.
  • Eat your part of the dessert slowly to enjoy it
  • Rather order a coffee or herbal tea after your meal.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the meal and avoid or limit alcoholic beverages.

Happy eating! :)

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