Beware Of “Menu Tricks” To Stay Within Your Diet Plan

A shift in healthy living has been evident in our lifestyles. Exercising, going green and organic, and detoxifying are on everyone’s must-do-list. Many of us are dieting in one way or another: some decrease carbohydrates from their foods, others minimize red meat, and most eliminate unnecessary sugars. When we eat out to restaurants however, sticking to our diets can be quite daunting. The following tips are important for self-control on these occasions.

Fast foods and restaurants all have the same goal: to make you eat their meals, whether it be healthy or not. They have designed tactics to facilitate this goal. The hungry eater is easily lured by these tactics, and his or her diet is the one that consequently suffers. For instance, menu pictures often portray the most mouth watering dishes. Seldom do these dishes actually measure up to the image.

Second, names of menu items can be quite tricky. Beware of a superfluous name title.

Keeping our attention to the menu description rather than the name can help us choose better options.

Third, be careful from choosing unhealthy choices. Many restaurants strategically place unhealthy options next to healthier items on the menu. Do not be deceived by this trap.

Fourth, vegetable sidings or green side-orders are good for you. However, many of these are cooked in high-fat butter, fried, covered in gravy or are high in carbohydrates. Be wary of the belief that since you are already eating your greens, your main dish is excused from scrutiny. You may be eating your peas and carrots, but the steak that comes with it is very high in fat and cholesterol.

The preparation and serving of vegetables should also be considered. Some are too high in carbohydrates, and if they are cooked fried, they abound in fats and cholesterol.

The last tip to remember is to avoid sampler platters. Typically, sampler platters contain little servings of finger foods and an assortment of appetizers. Munching on these can inadvertently add up the calories in your meals.

With these guidelines in mind, a 21st century lifestyle can be modern, hectic, and most importantly, still be healthy.

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