Staying Lean at restaurants

The Top Three Things to AVOID at Restaurants to Stay Lean -1

I came across this information by one of my favorite exercise and fitness guys, Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer and Author of best-selling program:  The Truth about Six-Pack Abs.

As usual, this information is so right on, and is given to you as a way to inspire you on your way to a better, healthier, and leaner body for life. If you take this information and apply it consistently to your life, I know you will thank me and Mike, and more than that, you will finally feel and look better too.

This is very useful if you travel, but, this should also be applied to any time you eat out…  Mike says that he has been traveling a lot for business in the last year, and he has noticed that most people totally fall off their fitness routines while traveling…

In fact, you and I know that eating out at restaurants frequently is one of the biggest reasons why you and so many people fatten up while traveling or eating out while at home.  It’s almost damn near impossible to eat healthy when you dine out, UNLESS you follow a couple simple tricks that you can use to make every restaurant meal healthier, reduce calories, and not lose control.

Listen up. Soak this in, and try them. You will not feel deprived…

Here’s a few tricks you can use to eat healthier and stay lean even while traveling on business or eating out any time for that matter…

The 3 most important things to avoid that are EVERYWHERE at restaurants are:

  1. the deep fried foods
  2. the refined starchy foods
  3. and any sodas, juices, or other sugary foods (except whole fruits, which are great)

This eliminates the major food sources that do the worst damage in our food supply – the evil trans fats, the inflammatory refined vegetable oils, refined starches, and processed sugars.

This means trying to skip the table bread, skipping the french fries (that come with every single sandwich on every menu known to man), and reducing all of the heaping portions of rice and pasta that are often loaded on the plates as well.

Instead, try to order just meat, side vegetables, and a salad, asking for the vegetables or salad as a substitute for the typical fries, rice, or pasta that the meal probably comes with.  Almost every restaurant I’ve ever been to will always allow me to substitute veggies or a side salad for the fries or chips that almost always come with sandwiches or burgers.

Side note:  It truly always amazes me how many people scrutinize me ( yeah, even me as a blind person can tell) because I substitute veggies for fries by telling me that I’m “not living” because I won’t eat fries… What?  Since when Is living really about eating a pile of disgusting, greasy fries? Even if they may taste good going down, afterwords on the way home you feel so crappy and worse, guilty…  No thanks. I splurge on some great dark chocolate, or a handful of some yummy walnuts with sea salt.

Anyway, what is really sad is that they are always the first to complain that they are overweight and have “tried everything”, yet can’t get in shape.  I really do not get why so many people think eating french fries equals “living it up”… I’m all for moderation with many things, but if there’s 2 things that should be almost totally removed from everyone’s diet because these foods are simply that evil… it’s fries and sodas! This is not just me. This advice comes from any fitness expert with half a brain…

Okay, check this out please…

Take a look at the typical difference this simple substitution makes between choosing smart and doing what most people do…

Most people will eat a meal out such as this:

•Sandwich or burger

•fries or chips

•soda or other sweetened drink

A MUCH smarter alternative for a leaner, healthier body is very simply this:

•Sandwich or burger

•veggies or salad (dressing should be plain olive oil and vinegar)

•unsweetened iced tea or water with lemon (and no diet drinks — unless you enjoy drinking carcinogenic poisonous artificial sweetener chemicals).

These 2 simple substitutions save at least 400 – 900 calories EACH time you dine out (depending on drink refills and fries portion sizes)… AND you’re cutting out the most harmful foods to your body as well by avoiding the trannies and high fructose corn syrup.

Also, it may be rare to find this in most restaurants, but if you can find some that offer much healthier grass-fed beef burgers, it’s a much smarter decision compared to grain fattened beef.

Side note:  Mike Geary says a little-known way to eat full portions of rice, pasta, and breads and actually get away with it without packing on the bodyfat is to make sure to schedule a high intensity full body resistance training workout before your meal time.

But, I do mean INTENSE…Frankly, as a small petite girl, I wouldn’t do this. Especially considering that I don’t’ do well with a lot of grains.

Also remember that sometimes it may be hard to fit the workout into your schedule right before the meal event, but if you can, the meal can be your “post-workout meal”, in which case, your body can handle a higher amount of carbs than normal to help replenish the muscle glycogen depletion you had during the intense workout.

Caution here: A cardio workout WON’T cut it for this… it must be high intensity resistance training to deplete enough muscle glycogen to handle restaurant portions of carbohydrates. If you wan to learn and obtain some great workouts like this, get the Truth About Abs program by Mike Geary.

I hope these dining tips help you choose smarter and healthier next time you eat out.

Here’s to a great lean body,
I’m Kathy Strahan

http://www.leanbodyworks.com

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