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Order a glass of Water instead of Soda

Order a glass of Water instead of Soda

If you order a glass of water with your meal instead of soda, this not only means you save on calories but drinking a glass of water before and during your meal can help make you full faster. This means you will eat less and still feel satisfied.

Nicole
One of the ways to drink water but still get the flavor or bubbles of a soda is to add lemon or other fruit to your water. You can also has your server for sparking water.

Ask for extra vegetables with your order

Ask for extra vegetables with your order

When you order, you should ask your server if they can include extra vegetables in your main dish or as a side dish. This will help you cut calories, get the nutrition you need and more vegetables have fiber to help keep you full.

Nicole
You may think vegetables are boring but they can add flavor and color to your dish making it more enjoyable.

Ask for condiments on the side

Ask for condiments on the side

Condiments are delicious extras but they can make a low calorie meal into a high calorie one fast. You don't have to give them up altogether. Ask for them on the side and dip your food in them so you still get the flavor but save on calories.

Nicole
This way you can also control how much sauce you want and who doesn't like being able to make these decisions for themselves?

Skip the Chips

Skip the Chips

While you wait for your meal, it is a good idea to skip the chips or bread on the table. They will add calories to your meal that you do not want.

Nicole
I often ask that the server take away the chips or bread so that I won't be tempted to munch on them while you I wait. If they aren't there it is easier to resist temptation right?

Eat your meal on a smaller Plate

Eat your meal on a smaller Plate

Resturants usually give your meal to you on big plates meaning that you are likely eating a bigger portion which means more calories. If you eat your meal on a smaller plate, you can better control the portion.

Nicole
If you eat on a smaller plate you will also be less likely to stuff yourself and end up feeling bloated or sick later. No one likes that feeling.

Ask for a Box for the rest of your meal

Ask for a Box for the rest of your meal

If you still have food left over after eating the portion on your smaller plate, ask the server for a box so you can enjoy the rest tomorrow and do not have to be tempted to eat it all now.

Nicole
Leftovers are delicious and a nice treat for the next day.

Ask for your portion of the check when you are finished eating

Ask for your portion of the check when you are finished eating

If you ask for your part of the check after you finish eating you won't be tempted to have dessert. This will help you avoid large amount of calories and keep your meal healthier.

Nicole
You may feel that skipping the sweets is a bummer but you can always reward yourself with a healthier or lower calorie snack or treat when you get home.
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