Food Preparation Menus are often vague when it comes to the way the food is prepared. If you’re not sure or the menu doesn’t say how the food is prepared, be sure to ask.
Remember—restaurant foods are full of fats, as fats help keep the food moist and yummy.
To play it safe and to avoid excess fat, choose foods that are grilled, boiled, steamed, stirfried, or poached instead of fried, baked, or battered. Also, take control of your food destiny by asking that your meal be prepared with olive oil instead of butter or other fats.
When your salad arrives, opt for oil and vinegar rather than dressing. Or have your dressing on the side so you can limit the amount you use.
Terms to watch for include “lightly breaded,” “wrap,” “baked,” and “vinaigrette.” These may all sound healthy but many are deceiving.
Foods that are lightly breaded are often deep-fried. A wrap may sound like a good option, but two slices of bread may have fewer calories than a 10-inch tortilla. Baked sounds better than fried, but it could possibly mean the food is baked deep-dish style and contains high-fat, creamy ingredients. While baked salmon is a good choice, baked lasagna is high in fat. And though vinaigrette dressing sounds healthier than a cream based dressing, it is mostly oil, so order it on the side.
Portion Control Not only do portions keep getting bigger, so do the plates that hold them! With so much food sitting in front of you it is sometimes hard to resist the temptation to eat it all—especially when you paid so much for it.
To avoid the temptation to eat unhealthily large portions, split or share the entree, then choose a soup, salad, or extra side. If you know you’ll get too much food, go ahead and ask for a to-go box when you order. That way you can divide the food as soon as you get it so you won’t have to stare at the extra food as you eat.
Know What to Look For Knowing what to look for on a menu and what to avoid will help you choose healthier, lowfat options. If you fnd that your diet is lacking fruits, vegetables, or whole grains when you eat out, make up for it when you eat your other meals at home
Excerpt taken from the Fit Body Boot Camp Unstoppable Fat Loss Formula