How to Eat Healthy, Even at Restaurants (SLIDESHOW)

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011 |

Judy Weitzman

Diet coach Judy Weitzman shares tips and tricks for healthy eating

When it comes to eating healthy and losing weight, Judy Weitzman is a pro. Thirty years ago, she lost 50 pounds and has kept it off. Now, the author and personal diet coach is offering some tips for you to help win the battle of the bulge.

Known by her clients as “Diet Coach Judy,” she recently released her book, How to Eat When Life Gets in the Way, which includes helpful tips on dealing with the 3 o’clock slump, free food at work or at the grocery store, candy dishes everywhere and other diet-busters. Judy says this is “not your typical diet book.”

The book provides easy-to-read guidance on what to do and what to do less often, and teaches the basics of nutrition and weight loss, as well as alternatives to unhealthy habits and food choices. It can help readers deal with real-life situations when faced with food.

“It is kitchy and fun with tons of tips for everyday life,” Judy told genConnect. “I believe wine and chocolate are major foods groups that everyone should enjoy … in small portions. The tips in my book range from how to make healthy food choices in any kind of restaurant, to how to eat at work, when traveling for special occasions.”

We asked Judy for a few tips from her book on how to practice portion control and healthier eating strategies when going out to eat.

Click through the slideshow below for ways to manage portions and control calories while eating out:

Love Leftovers

You are no longer a member of the Clean Plate Club! Your new goal is to leave a third to a half of what you are served.

Let’s Talk Salad

Always order salad dressing and sauces on the side…..those cute little cups they serve on the side hold 4+ tablespoons of dressing.  If it is regular dressing, it could be as high as 280-300 calories.  Ask for low fat, most restaurants offer the healthier version.

The Fork Method

A little dip will do – use the fork method. Dip your fork into the dressing, and then spear your salad to use minimal dressing, but still get the taste.

Portion Control

Portion control is the key to weight loss.  Order an appetizer for your entrée to ensure small portions.  My favorite is shrimp cocktail because it is super low calorie and the sauce is only about 15 calories per tablespoon.

Pesky Pasta Portions

Going out for Italian? Pasta is 200 calories per cup and most restaurants serve enough to feed a family of six.  Instead, order a small piece of fish or chicken with a side of pasta.  That way you won’t feel deprived and you have controlled the pasta portion.

Chips On Your Hips?

Stop and think before grabbing your first chip. They are seemingly harmless, but they are addictive! You may never eat chips at home, but when served warm and crispy at your favorite Mexican eatery, it’s hard to put on the brakes. If you do indulge, please count the chips out first – 12 to 15 chips = 140 calories.

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Judy Weitzman

About Judy Weitzman: Thirty years ago Judy lost 50 lbs and has kept it off. To maintain her weight, Judy stays in a 3 lb range by using little tricks that allow her to enjoy life and not [...]
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