Why Eating Out Is Usually Bad For Dieting
Whether it is a fast food or sit down restaurant, eating out is usually bad for dieting. There are a few reasons that you may want to cook your meals at home instead.
You Don’t Really Know
At home you know how much oil, butter, or other fat you use to cook. You know the exact ingredients you add in for delicious flavor. And you know the nutritional content of the foods as well.
At a restaurant, you may think you are eating something healthy, but in reality you don’t know how many calories or fat is in that platter or in that salad. In fact, many times a salad – that you think is a good choice – can have more calories than other dishes on the menu.
“Beware of Asian chicken salads made with fried chicken, crunchy noodles, and sugary mandarin orange slices. Restaurant varieties can have more fat than six glazed donuts.” – Prevention
You Are More Likely To Make Poor Choices
As you enter the restaurant, the smell will convince you that you are really hungry. As your hunger settles in, all of those unhealthy options on the menu will sound really appealing. And, there is a good chance that your determination to have one of the choices on the ‘light’ menu will fade and you will decide that ‘just this one time’ you will splurge.
Unfortunately, if you thought the salad was bad, you should take a look at the nutritional content of some unhealthier options. Your splurge could set you back for all your effort to eat healthier and have a very negative impact on your diet.
In fact, many people give up on their diet altogether after they give in once. The mentality of ‘just this one time’ leads to one more time and one more time, and eventually old eating habits are resumed. If you want to change your diet to a healthier one, you have to stick with the habit of a new way of eating and make it your number one choice.
The Staff Doesn’t Care
You may ask for your meal to be cooked in a certain way or for certain foods to be on the lighter side, but the truth is that the staff are not as concerned about the calories you are taking in as you are.
This is not a conspiracy theory that the staff are out to get you, but a cook may use something in the dish that you specifically requested not to be in there. Or, the waitress may bring you the high-fat dressing instead of the low-fat one.
If you don’t notice, you will eat the food thinking you are doing something good and then get confused when you seem to gain weight or feel low energy. And if you do notice, you may avoid the hassle of sending the food back and eat foods that you would rather not eat. Either way, it will make you feel bad about your diet, which could affect the long-term status of it.
The Best Place To Eat Is At Home
If you want to know exactly what is going into your food, and avoid the temptation of the dish with too much fat or the dessert with too much sugar, then eat at home. You can stock your fridge with healthy foods that you know will interact with your body in a good way, cook them in a way that is healthy for your diet, and avoid the unknown aspect that comes with going out to eat.