Dining Out Strategies
By Lindsey House, RD LD Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and Beth Taschuk, RD LD
Bariatric patients are often encouraged to reduce their dining out due to the oversized portions and hidden calories and fats found in restaurant meals. Patients may be diligent with grocery shopping and preparing their own meals, however life events will eventually force a patient to deal with restaurant dining.
It’s important to be educated and understand how to choose healthy while dining out. To make the best decisions possible, strategies are listed below:
Contrary to popular belief, ordering healthy does not doom you to dull eating. Patients need to get a little more creative in their ordering styles, but can still have meals full of flavor. Small changes, like splitting a meal or getting a to-go box, can make a huge difference in your calorie intake. Utilize the strategies above and enjoy some occasional dining out!