Can You Maintain A Healthy Diet If You Eat Out Often?
This question was asked from a client recently and my first reaction was “Sure you can”. But as I thought about it I realized how little I go out to eat anymore because it’s hard to find a healthy menu. So I did some digging and this is what I discovered!
I picked a “healthy” meal that I typically order when I go out to dinner: A shared appetizer of sesame seared Ahi tuna, house salad, salmon with a lime-tomato-garlic sauce and double green beans. Bonefish Grill is the restaurant I’ll use because I’ve ordered that exact meal there. (Cudos to Bonefish Grill for being transparent with the nutrient values of all their dishes. Just go to their website.)
I compared the macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) of the meal at Bonefish Grill to the exact meal if I cooked it at home and I was astonished!!!
The dinner at Bonefish Grill has 1,225 calories: 765 calories are fat (85 grams), 124 calories are carbs (31 grams) and 336 calories are protein (84 grams) The thing to keep in mind here is that I had no bread, starch, cocktails or dessert.
The same dinner at home has 629 calories: 225 calories from fat (25 grams), 68 calories from carbs (17 grams) and 336 calories from protein (84 grams).
Losing Weight Can Be Very Tricky
This is the point: if you eat out frequently you are typically eating twice as many calories (mostly from fat) than if you eat a healthy, home cooked meal. If you’re trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet, eating out is very tricky. Skipping the sauces, dressing on the side and asking for your veggies plain will help eliminate a good portion of fat ( think Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”). Be aware of what you’re eating especially when you’re in a restaurant.