Eating Healthy When Dining Out

When you have decided it’s time for you to lose weight, your biggest challenge might come in how you make choices when dining out. Healthy choices are not as hard as you think. You don’t have to miss out on eating out with family or friends. A little planning combined with understanding food traps can help you enjoy your meal while still reaching your goals.

The team at Questcare Medical Clinic wanted to offer you some tips to help you dine out successfully.

Dining Out Tips

You do not have to eat like everyone else. Where as some may select larger portions, ask for a smaller portion. Most restaurants will offer a lighter menu to help make your healthy selections a bit easier.

The Salad Trap

A salad can be a healthy option. With all those greens and veggies, what could be so bad about that? Unfortunately, the salad dressings and other sauces can turn a healthy meal into an unhealthy meal. When dining out, ask for the dressing to be placed on the side so that you can control the amount you use.

Ideas to Ask Your Waiter

Always ask your waiter how the food is prepared and cooked. If it is fried, ask if it could be grilled instead. Good tips on food preparation are:

  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Broiled
  • Roasted
  • Steamed
  • Stir-fried
  • Poached

Some menus also offer a “light” menu section.

Doggie Bag’s Help

Consider that most restaurant portions are two to three times what a serving should be and that many times when we receive a full portion, we’re tempted to clean our plate. One way to help stop that temptation is to order a smaller portion. If that’s not an option, ask for a to-go container at the beginning of the meal and put half of the meal away for later.

Finally, if you want to order an adult beverage, try a glass of red wine as a lower-calorie alternative to heavy beers and mixed drinks.


The medical team at Questcare Medical Clinics are passionate when it comes to helping people lose weight and live healthier. Contact one of our clinics to learn more about medically supervised weight loss.