Food & Diet

Foods You Should Avoid When Eating Out

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When you eat at home, you always know which ingredients your food contains and you can be completely in control of what enters your body. If you’re watching your weight, you’re probably either keeping track of your calories or making sure you don’t take in too many carbohydrates or too much fat. This is fairly easy when you make your food on your own or someone you trust does it for you, but when eating out it may be challenging to keep track of the nutrients you eat.

However, that is not a reason to stop eating at restaurants altogether, you should just avoid ordering the following foods:

1. Salads with Dressing

Most restaurants make very fattening dressings that contain triple the amount (or even more) of calories contained in the salad itself. If you ordered a salad because you wanted a light meal, a dressing is completely pulling you away from your goal. However, not all dressings are the same, or contain the same amount of calories. You can order a salad dressed with olive oil, mustard and squeezed lemon, and you’ll get some extra satisfying taste with fewer calories and you won’t gain fat. If you want to have some of the creamy dressing the restaurant has to offer, ask the staff to put it on the side, so you can control the amount you take in.

2. Bread and Butter


In almost all restaurants you’ll get complementary bread and butter before your meal arrives. If you start eating that while you’re very hungry, you’ll end up eating too much of it and then you’ll no longer have the appetite for the real thing. This is dangerous for your waistline, as bread and butter are a combination of carbohydrates and fat – something you should definitely stay away from if you want to lose weight or stay fit.

3. Anything Fried or Breaded

If you want to eat some chicken or any other kind of meat, you should go with grilled, roasted or cooked. When you order something labeled as “crispy”, you’ll always get something fried or breaded, which means something that could have been a healthy meal low in calories and protein-rich is now a caloric bomb waiting to explode and make your body larger, especially the breaded version which is actually a combination of protein, unhealthy fat and simple carbohydrates – the win-win combo if you want to become fat. Of course, if you want to indulge in those kinds of food only once in a while, that shouldn’t be a problem- just don’t make it a habit.

4. Pasta Dishes

Everybody knows pasta dishes are high in calories, but we still love eating them. But because its nutritive values, it is important not to make eating pasta a daily habit, but an occasional indulgence. When you make pasta at home, you will usually use the ingredients you like and if you’re keeping track of your caloric intake you’ll make sure you don’t add any unnecessary calories. On the other hand, restaurants will do everything to make their dish as delicious as possible, so they will add extra fat and usually extra sodium and make this dish even unhealthier. Avoid eating pasta dishes at restaurants, or treat yourself only once in a while.

5. Cocktails

Cocktails are usually a mixture of one or more alcoholic beverages and one or more juices. Alcohol is already very caloric on its own and drinking it while trying to lose weight is not recommended. When you order a cocktail, you are ordering a drink loaded with sugar and calories you don’t need. One cocktail averagely contains somewhere around the same number of calories as one decent meal. Instead of ordering this waistline expander, if you want to drink alcohol, order a glass of wine or something clear with no added sugars.