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Guilt-Free Evenings

Tricks to enjoy a night out without ruining your diet.

The past few weeks you’ve been doing so well. You’ve been sticking to your diet like it’s nobody’s business. When there are donuts at work, cake at your niece’s birthday party, and your old cravings kick in, you’ve had the will power to say, “No.” As a result, the scale is slowly going down and you’re staying on track.

Sticking to your diet while cooking at home is one thing, but going out with friends for the night is another. In the past you didn’t think twice about eating out or having another drink. But things are different now and you’ve got to have a plan.

Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean all the fun is over. You can still enjoy a night out by following a few simple rules.

Rule #1: Be Honest

Tell your friends about your diet and weight loss goals. You’re not trying to be a party pooper, but having other people know you’re on a diet is a great way to stay accountable. After you’ve told everyone you’re not eating dessert, it’s a lot harder to go back on your word. If you’re with true friends, they won’t pressure you to eat or drink things that aren’t on your diet.

Rule #2: Plan Ahead

When everyone at the table is ordering fried chicken, fettuccine Alfredo, or a bacon cheeseburger, you may be tempted to pick an unhealthy menu option. A great way to avoid this problem is by reading the menu online before arriving at the restaurant. Choose a healthy option beforehand and stick with it when the waiter comes to take your order.

Rule #3: Order Wisely

To stick with your diet, choose low-calorie, high-protein, high-fiber foods on the menu. Most restaurants these days offer diet-friendly options or dishes that can be modified to meet your needs. Ask for butter, dressings, and sauces on the side. Choose grilled, baked, or broiled dishes over fried. Look for steamed vegetables and—sadly—you’ll need to skip the breadbasket.

Rule #4: Stay Mindful

It’s easy to overeat when dining out. You’re distracted visiting with friends, the food tastes good, and the portions are enormous. To stick with your diet, eat your meal slowly. Take small bites, sip on water between each bite, and listen to your body. Eat until you’re satisfied and then stop. When you’re full, have the waiter box up your leftover food or clear your plate.

Rule #5: Drink Smart

Liquid calories are easy to overlook. Don’t let a few drinks sabotage your weight loss goals. Without being careful, it’s easy to drink 1,000 calories in alcohol in one night out on the town. Alcohol is high in calories and many cocktails are full of added sugars, juices, and sweetened liquor. Just a single eight-ounce white Russian will run you 715 calories.

How many calories does your diet allow? You can typically stay under 150 calories with 1.5 ounces of liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of light beer. Low-calorie cocktail choices include vodka or rum with diet soda or a vodka martini.

If you want to stick to your diet while enjoying a night out, limit yourself to a drink or two. The more you drink, the hungrier you become and the less willpower you maintain to make wise food and drink choices. So drink if you want, but drink wisely.