One of the most common questions that the Skinny Up!® Team receives is, “Oh no! I’ve been doing so well but I have to eat out! What do I do? I don’t want to mess up my progress!”
Well, have no fear. We are here to help.
Obviously, the less you can eat out during the short Reduce Phase of the Skinny Up!® Protocol, the better since you have complete control over your meal choices and the way that you cook at home. But, sometimes dining out cannot be avoided. Let’s talk about the best ways to eat at a restaurant and stay on track, while also ordering discreetly… sometimes the world doesn’t need to know what you’re up to. And that’s fine. Or shout it from the mountain tops! You do you.
A few key things to keep in mind:
- Grilling is often the easiest way to get your protein without derailing the kitchen’s operation. Typically, grilled protein is going to be oil free.
- Order any dressing on the side. It’s no biggie for the prep, and then you’re in control of how much goes on to your salad.
- If you must cheat, cheat small. There is a big difference between cheating with a dinner salad and cheating with fettuccine alfredo. It would be better to have a larger steak than you normally would during the Reduce Phase than to eat a plate of french fries. Both cheats, but you see the difference.
- Sparkling water is your friend! Add a lime and you’ve got yourself a party.
Alright. So, now that we have those keys to help provide a framework for creating meals while you’re out, here are some ideas on what you could order when you’re out and about:
- Grilled chicken or grilled steak with grilled asparagus - it’s simple and straightforward. You could get pico de gallo on top as your fruit portion (a small cheat with the extra onion in there, but it’s probably not going to hurt you).
- Salad with steak or chicken - go with a vinaigrette dressing on the side and you’re good to go!
- Fajitas if you’re at a Mexican restaurant are a decent option - get the grilled onion and skip the beans and rice.
- Grilled fish can be a great option - top with lemon juice! Delicious!
- Use tea or coffee as your after dinner treat rather than traditional dessert.