Saturday, October 22, 2011

Plan Ahead for Eating Out

One of the things that I like about Weight Watchers is that no food is off limits.  Of course, you can't eat a whole bag of Reese's peanut butter cups (yum!) all the time, but you can have some here and there as long as you watch how many points it is and account for it.

You can also go out to eat too.  I like to go the restaurant's website and check out the menu before I go. Many places now list nutritional information (thank goodness!), so it makes it much easier to know what my options are and choose accordingly.

I did this recently when we went to Outback with a friend.  I knew Mister wanted to get the cheese fries, which have a lot of points.  Using the points calculator and the website information, I was able to determine that I wanted to have 1/3 of the cheese fries and the Grilled Chicken on the Barbie.  I adjusted my points during the day in anticipation of our dinner.  I made sure to ask for no butter on the veggies.

I did go over a bit.  They took too long to get us seated, get us water and get our food to us, so I was pretty hungry.  I had 3 chunks of the delicious brown bread that I hadn't planned on eating. It wasn't overboard, though, and I had extra weekly points to use.

I'm going to Panda Express today and lunch is already entered into my tracker.  I chose a Panda Bowl made up of Mixed Veggies and the Garlic Lover's Chicken Breast.  I'll also have Hot & Sour Soup.  Yummy!

How do you make eating out a better experience when you're trying to lose weight?

1 comment:

balloongal said...

I do like the idea of looking at the menu online before going. That way you've already made your decision and you're not stuck there smelling the food thinking you would love such and such but should you really have it?

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