Sometimes it can be really annoying when I read supposed professionals talking to you about how you should always weigh all your food, put them in special containers every day, and not touch anything else. Give me a break! If you live in the real world and have any kind of a social life, that means you'll be getting together with people at their houses, picnics, restaurants, etc. Unless of course you want to be an unemployed hermit!
So what do you do when you're eating out, but still want to stay on track with your health and fitness goals? First of all, I always tell people to have a cheat meal once a week. If you want to have a bacon cheeseburger, go ahead! It's your reward for your hard work. But if there are other times during the week when you'll be going out, you're still in luck. The first thing is to just keep a few rules in mind. First of all, portion sizes is very important. Somewhere along the road, people came up with the idea that you can eat unlimited amounts of certain foods if you avoid others. This is simply not true. To put things very simply, figure out your portion sizes like this.
1) Meat/protein should be about the size of your palm.
2) Starchy Carbohydrates should be about the size of your fist
3) Vegetables can also be about the size of your fist.
4) Dessert should be limited. I'm not saying to not have any birthday cake, but just don't take a giant slice.
If you look very carefully on any menu, you'll always be able to find something reasonable. And even if you're going to a fast food place there are options. Many places now will offer wraps and other similar options that are not too bad. Beware of salads however. There are many salads that are covered in cheese, huge amounts of dressing, and other things that might not be the best for you. If you're at a fast food place, avoid getting the combo with the fries and just get the sandwich or burger by itself. You just have to use some common sense. So remember that you don't have to avoid eating out or having a nice time with friends. You just have to be sensible about it.
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