Dining Out Guidelines

  • Ask the waiter to skip delivering the bread basket (too tempting)
  • Order salads without croutons, bacon, egg, etc. (stick to vegetables, and order dressing on the side so you can use the least amount possible-I like to use my fork to put a little on at a time)
  • Order your protein grilled without any sauce or salt (If you feel like you need the sauce, have it on the side and use a fork to put it on minimally)
  • Order the vegetables steamed so they don’t come dripping in butter
  • If the portions are huge, take ½ and put it in a to-go box right from the beginning.
  • When ordering any type of sandwich, remember to skip the mayonnaise and remove the top bun to cut down on calories and carbohydrates. You can use mustard instead.
  • If french fries come with the sandwich, have the waiter bring you salad or vegetables instead (way too tempting!)
  • If you feel like you must have dessert, order a cappuccino with skim milk and be done with it.
  • If you go out to breakfast, try to stick with an egg white omelet with vegetables and low fat cheese (Swiss). Skip the potatoes and order tomato slices instead. If you must have a slice of bread, make sure to order it without the butter. Other options would be oatmeal, fresh fruit, or cereal (use skim milk).
  • Probably the most important issue when dining out is to pick a restaurant where you know you can order foods that will help you stay successful on your plan.