How To Eat Out Like a Lean Person

March 31, 2010 · 3 comments

This is a guest post by Suzie Parker.

I you’re like me, you love eating out. Not just the food, but the whole experience. The waiter serving you, the cook preparing your food, and best of all, no cleaning up afterward! And when I decided that I had to start living more healthily, it was also the last thing that I wanted to give up. And luckily, I didn’t have to, and neither do you.

You don’t have to avoid restaurants when on a diet, or when you are watching your weight. You can eat out while still maintaining (or building) your figure. You just have to know which foods to choose (and which to avoid). Here are a few tips to get you eating out like a lean person:

When you are having red meat

Choose: Fillet steak (200g), grilled vegetables or salad and/or baked potato, and a low-fat non creamy sauce (like soy or peri-peri).

Fillet is lower in fat than the other red meat varieties, and eating salad or vegetables with it is a great way to fill you up. And having a non-creamy sauce will also help cut down on the fat content of your meal.

Ditch: A huge rump steak with potato fries and a creamy sauce.

Rump is one of the cuts of meat with the highest fat content, and combining it with a creamy sauce and fries will increase the fat content even more, without increasing the nutritional value of your meal.

When you are having Italian food

Choose: Pizza with vegetable topping and a thin crust.

Choosing a thin crust over a thicker one will save you lots of calories, and opting for veggies will ensure that you limit your fat content. You can also eat a salad with it if you choose.

Ditch: Meat and cheese pizza with a thick crust.

The type of meat and cheese that you stack on a pizza are usually very high in fat and calories. And a thick crust will increase the calorie content and fat content even more.

When you are having seafood

Choose: Lean sushi or steamed/grilled seafood.

Steaming and grilling food makes for a much lower fat content. Choosing sushi is also always a good idea, as it usually contains fatty fish (which contains omega-3 fats, which are good for your skin and brain) and vegetables (which are just generally good).

Ditch: Deep fried fish, with lemon butter or a creamy-mayo dressing.

Deep frying food increases the fat content drastically, and adding lemon butter will do even more so. Rather opt for something grilled or steamed, and skip the creamy sauce.

As you can see, eating out can be delicious, nutritious and healthy. You just have to know which foods to ditch, and which foods to choose. If you stick to the guidelines I gave you, you will ensure that you stay (or get) lean and healthy. Just remember to also include regular exercise and to follow a balanced and healthy eating plan.

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Dr. Kal April 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Great tips! I’m not giving up my rib-eye though. ;)

Darren April 7, 2010 at 5:08 am

There are some great tips here, especially regarding the rump steak - I usually go for the rump as it’s much cheaper, but I’ll think twice before making that decision next time.


Aaron April 9, 2010 at 1:20 am

Sounds more like “eating out like someone trying to get lean”

The rare occasions that I go out to eat are the times when I know I’m allowing myself that 20% of not eating as healthy as I should. But they’re great tips for those working on losing fat.

I’ll take the 20 ounce Porterhouse, cooked medium, please. ;)

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