6 Restaurant Tips When You’re Trying To Lose Weight

African American couple eating in restaurantIf you’ve recently cleaned up your diet in an attempt to lose weight, you’re probably growing accustom to cooking healthy, filling meals at-home. However, you also probably know far too well the challenges accompanied with making healthy eating choices while out on the town. Not only do restaurant meals lack filling nutrients, they’re often loaded with salt, sugar, and refined carbs – quickly undoing all your hardwork. Combine this with a minimal list of low-fat, low-cholesterol meals and your restaurant experience can quickly go from delightful to dreadful.

Only the truth is, you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. In fact, enjoying one of America’s greatest pasttimes while maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be done! Take it from Jerlyn Jones MS, MPA, RDN, LD, also known as “The Lifestyle Dietitian,” who tells BlackDoctor.org, that you can have it all – with a little moderation and sensibility, of course!

“Eating out should be an enjoyable experience. A time to get together with family members and friends to eat a delicious and satisfying meal,” says Jones.

“If you’re trying to lose weight or managing your weight restaurants have made it much easier to choose healthier options by listing a number of calories next to the menu item or highlighting their lighter fare dishes with symbols,”

Here are six more restaurant tips for making healthy choices while eating out, courtesy of Jones: