Today's tip is a reminder to take back portion control at restaurants.
If you lack the self control to stop when full and leave food on our plate as many of us do, pasta dishes can often be prepared in ½ portions by request. Most restaurants do not advertise this, but a quick moment to ask your server can save you up to 600 calories and leave you feeling satisfied but not stuffed.
Another easy request is to have your burger or sandwich on whole wheat. Almost every kitchen has it available and will happily help you get those healthy whole grains into your system.
When it comes to fast food, there are often unadvertised children's size portions. For instance, at Wendy's, the advertised small Frosty has a substantial 310 calories and 8 grams of fat. The unadvertised Jr. size is 150 cal and 4 grams of fat making it a perfectly proportioned treat. Similarly, Dairy Queen has a unadvertised child's cone that contains 170 calories and 4.5 grams fat, verses its small counterpart with 230 calories.
So, to keep portions in moderation, even when eating on the run or at a restaurant, don't be afraid to ask for a smaller portion size that may not be advertised. Then you can eat your Frosty and keep fit too!
For more calorie saving tips & questions on Personal Training in the Vancouver area, please call Christina Longo at 778 846 4185 or email at longoc(AT)live(DOT)com