At times we get too busy too cook our own meals and we are forced to eat out. We may also be tempted to eat out due to laziness or cravings. It is simply inevitable to feel like indulging in some eating habits that do not go well our diet.
If you find yourself in this situation too often, the solution is finally here. Stop feeling guilty all the time, instead follow these tweaks to make sure you are eating out the healthy way.
Walk to the restaurant
Walking shortly before you eat (typically within thirty minutes to one hour), promotes your metabolism, reduces the amount of sugar that stores up in your blood after eating, and protects your blood vessels against fatty foods.
If you are eating out, choose a restaurant close to your location that you can walk down to, or park your car at a convenient space several metres away from the restaurant and stroll down the rest of the distance, if the whole distance of the restaurant is not trekkable.
Walking before a meal can help get your system ready to get rid of the high amount of carbohydrates, sugar or high protein from the junk or not too healthy food you are about to eat.
Moderation will help you maintain a healthy diet and also save money. One way you can eat moderately is by eating only one serving. Do not be tempted to go for a second serving because the first one was too delicious or did not satisfy you.
In fact, you should divide your first serving into two, eat one part at the restaurant and take the other part with you to eat later. If you do this, you are giving your system enough time to get rid of the first set of junk you consumed.
Make a healthy choice
Eating out should not necessarily translate to going to eat junks or unhealthy foods. There are also healthy foods at the restaurants. You just need to order right or make healthy subsitutes.
Healthy subsitutes include ordering for water instead of beverages or requesting for vegetables filling in your sandwich instead of beef.
Another trick is to carry your own substitute along, such as honey, instead of using the sugar at the café if you have to drink coffee. You could also order for appetisers that would fill and hold you till you are able to get home to prepare your own food.
Walk back to your location
After eating at the restaurant, do not jump into your car or into any relaxing position, instead, slowly walk back to your car. And if you actually walked from your location, then just stroll back.
Do not walk briskly, for this is not recommended after a meal. You should indulge in moderate physical activity after eating as it aids digestion, burns calories and gives you a good heart health.
Are you craving an eat-out? Indulge yourself but always remember that too much of everything is bad.