You CAN eat at restaurants when you’re on a diet: Leah Itsines reveals her six no-fuss tips for staying healthy when you’re dining out
Eating out with friends may often be the highlight of the week, but it can derail our hard-fought dieting in an instant.
But there are a number of ways that you can enjoy a night out at a restaurant and stay healthy without looking like a finicky eater, food blogger Leah Itsines has revealed.
Speaking to FEMAIL, the sister of fitness queen Kayla shared her six key rules to follow when trying to stay healthy while eating out.
Australian food blogger Leah Itsines (pictured) told FEMAIL her six key rules to follow when trying to stay healthy while eating out, without looking like a fussy eater
You may find that you order a salad as a ‘healthy’ option, only for it to come out drowned in a creamy dressing.
Leah suggests always asking for dressing to come out on the side to give you the chance to eat healthily.
‘That way, you’ll be able to choose how much you want and lower your intake,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Also, if you can, swap creamy dressings for a light lemon or balsamic, this way it won’t be super heavy.’
Leah suggests always asking for dressing to come out on the side to give you the chance to eat healthy (stock image)
There may be a greater desire to drink alcohol when eating out, but it can send your calorie intake through the roof.
Leah said one gin and tonic can have as many as 200 calories, meaning having five in one night can reach your entire food intake for the day.
‘I opt for water during my meals so it keeps the food digesting, and leaves me feeling hydrated and refreshed,’ she explained.
There may be a greater desire to drink alcohol when eating out, but it can send your calorie intake through the roof (stock image)
Being prepared for what’s on the menu will help you make better food choices once you arrive at the restaurant, Leah said.
She added: ‘It’s always great to be prepared so when you get to your restaurant, you don’t feel pressured to just order something that’s easy rather than a great healthy choice.
‘This is also a great tip for vegetarians or people with any food allergies – always come prepared.’
Being prepared for what’s on the menu will help you make better food choices once you arrive at the restaurant, Leah (pictured) said
It is often the method of cooking which can be unhealthy rather than the food itself.
So Leah suggests always checking how the food is prepared when ordering any sort of protein.
‘Always check as some places can say ‘crispy chicken’, but they really mean oily and deep fried,’ Leah said.
‘I always opt for my meats to be grilled, as this is the least oily and fatty method.’
Leah suggests having proteins grilled instead of fried or battered (stock image)
Staying clear of cream-based sauces and dressings is the best course of action when ordering pasta or salads, Leah said.
She added: ‘I always order pasta with a fresh tomato and basil sauce.
‘It’s light, tasty and won’t leave you feeling like you’re about to explode.’
Leah warned to always look out for health claims such as ‘low carb’, ‘light’, and ‘low fat’.
‘They are usually packed full of something else to make up the flavour,’ she said.
‘Typically, ‘low fat’ yoghurt is packed full of extra sugars to cover the taste.’
Staying clear of cream-based sauces and dressings is the best course of action when ordering pasta or salads, Leah (right) – the sister of fitness queen Kayla (left) – said