Dining out can be a lot of fun and certainly very tasty, but it can also be a death sentence for your diet. It’s easy to consume over a thousand calories while enjoying a restaurant meal. However, if you follow Daphne’s simple restaurant rules and ordering tips, you’ll get all the flavor you crave and keep your calories in check. This really is the secret to successful eating!
A normal plate of nachos made with black beans, extra salsa and jalapeños, ground beef and sour cream on the side can be a killer for any diet.
However you can easily save hundreds of calories. Swap beef for black beans –this step cuts 229 calories - or opt to up the flavor with vegetable components like extra salsa and jalapeños.
If you really enjoy the protein have them serve it on the side. This will prevent you from overindulging.Cobb Salad
You might think you’re safe when you’re enjoying this dish because it’s a salad, but the cheese, bacon and dressing add loads of calories and fat. However, with some simple steps you can still enjoy this dish without sacrificing any flavor.
A great way to cut calories is to eliminate the bacon and the blue cheese and request the dressing in a ramekin on the side. Just remember that a restaurant will give you 2oz of dressing on the salad but will often serve 6oz in a ramekin on the side.Steak Main Dish
Nothing beats a steak with asparagus and béarnaise sauce. A great way to enjoy the sauce without overindulging is to get it on the side. This way you can eat just what you need. Soda
People often forget to count calories they don't chew – if you want a special drink, just get one. Sodas are often refilled automatically and people lose count. A great alternative is soda water with lime or a splash of grapefruit.Brownie with Ice Cream
Get the dessert as is, but don't eat the whole thing. It's about finishing the meal with the taste – you only need a spoonful or two. Eat half or share with the table.