One of the best parts of planning a girls’ night out is deciding what you will eat and drink. But if you are trying to stick to a diet, this process can be very difficult. For best results, remember to plan ahead, drink water, avoid the bread, eat salad, and skip dessert.
One of the best ways to stick to your diet during a girls’ night out is to plan ahead. Call the person who organized the evening and discuss exactly what the plans for the night will be. Are you meeting for dinner at a friend’s house? If so, find out what types of food will be served. Are you going to a specific restaurant? In this case, visit the restaurant a day or two before, explain the situation, and ask if you can get a quick glance at a menu, or simply look the menu up online if it is available. No matter if you are eating at a friend’s home or at a restaurant, try to find foods that contain lots of vegetables, are not fried, and contain small amounts of cheese or sauces. These items are typically highest in calories.
Next, instead of ordering a soda or alcoholic drink, grab a glass of water instead. Water is helpful when trying to stick to a diet for a number of different reasons. First, water contains no calories, meaning that you can drink as much as you want and your body will thank you for it! Secondly, water takes up a lot of room in your stomach. This will make you feel full, and will prevent overeating of calorically dense foods.
Avoid the Bread
When at a restaurant on girls’ night out, skip the bread that is often served as an appetizer. Bread is not only high in calories, but is also typically loaded with high amounts of salt and other seasonings that can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Grab a packet of crackers or thin bread sticks instead.
Like water, salads are another great food if you are trying to stick to a diet. The vegetables found in salads are very low in calories. In addition, salads contain high amounts of fiber, which is a relatively “bulky” nutrient. This means that these foods take up a lot of room in your stomach, thereby preventing overeating of more calorically dense foods.
Finally, while on girls’ night out, try your hardest to skip dessert. While cakes, pies, shakes, and other sweets may taste delicious, their high fat and calorie content can also wreck havoc on your waistline. If you must have something sweet after your meal, try to order a dessert that has a lot of fresh fruit in it. This will contain fewer calories, and therefore be slightly healthier.