Losing weight is very hard to do, and it is more difficult for people that have to tendency to eat out. While you can avoid eating out most of the time, there may be occasions when it is the only option. The following article will help you figure out what to do and what not to do the next time you step foot inside a restaurant.


DO order your salad with the dressing on the side. This is very important since restaurants tend to put a lot more on salads than they should. If you have a cup of dressing on the side, dip your fork in the dressing and eat the salad. Avoid pouring dressing on every inch of the salad. Also, avoid dressings that are creamy and/or full of cheese.

DON’T order anything that has been fried. This is hard since many people think everything tastes better after it has been submerged in hot oil. Look for things that are baked, boiled, broiled or lightly sauteed. If you see any residual oil on anything, do not hesitate to use a napkin to dab it off. That is less fat that will make its way into your system.

DO ask if you can order a half-sized portion of your entree. This is a good idea because restaurants tend to pile plates much higher than needed. Eating everything on your plate at many restaurants is a recipe for disaster. if there is no way to get a half portion, ask someone if they would like to split an entree with you. If all else fails, ask to have half of your meal boxed so you can eat it at another time.

DON’T order pasta unless it is whole wheat and covered in marinara sauce. Things like alfredo and scampi may be more preferable, but these things will pack on a lot of fat and calories you don’t really need. Many people tend to order pasta because it is a familiar dish found on most menus, but this is not a wise choice for anyone that is trying to lose weight.

DO look for menu items that are labeled as being healthy. Most restaurants have several dishes on the menu that are for people who are watching their weight. Look around on the menu and see what is available to you. If you don’t see anything that is specifically for dieters, look for ways to modify dishes. For example, have them use wheat bread for a sandwich and have them leave off the cheese and mayonnaise. This will make a huge difference even if it doesn’t seem like it.

Losing weight is never easy, and going to restaurants sometimes complicates things. If you have no choice but to visit a restaurant, you should follow all of the advice given here. This means you’ll be able to go out and enjoy a meal without worrying about the bad effects it will have on you. It may seem like an unnecessary hassle, but your waistline will thank you later.