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dining outSticking to your diet doesn’t mean you have to skip all social occasions. Use these 6 dining out secrets to enjoy new restaurants this summer!

1. Check The Menu Before You Leave Home.

Research the menu online so you are aware of your options. Most restaurants list all calories, food intolerances and special menus. This reduces stress while ordering and helps you plan your plate.

2. Ask For Veggies On The Side.

Instead of carb heavy potatoes or fries, kindly ask the waiter for extra grilled veggies or a side salad. Veggies are loaded with fiber and water to keep you satiated. 50 percent of your plate should be veggies and fruits. Combine fiber with a lean protein (chicken, turkey, shrimp, eggs) and you’re set to feel satisfied!

3. Pick Booze OR Bread. Not Both.

Balance is the name of the game when you are eating out. If you are drinking, ask the waiter to immediately take away the bread basket so you aren’t mindlessly munching until your food arrives. If you are enjoying bread, choose a sparkling water with lemons and limes.

4. Ask For Dressing On The Side.

Dressings can be calorie laden and quickly add an extra two hundred calories to your meal. Add one to two tablespoons of dressing and enjoy the natural flavors of your food. When choosing salad dressings, make sure to a pick balsamic vinegar or a light Italian.

5. Ask for half-sizes.

To keep portion sizes in check, immediately ask your waiter to doggy-bag half of your meal. Or better yet, split the meal with your dining partner.

6. Practice The Three Bite Rule.

You don't have to feel completely deprived during dessert, but you also shouldn't overindulge. By enjoying 3 bites of your favorite cake, you'll savor each bite and won't feel left out.

Dining out doesn't have to be a challenge. Stick to the tips and you'll stick to your diet.

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