Low Carb Diet

Low Carb Diet – How to Stick to It When Going Out

You looked at yourself in the mirror today and decided enough is enough, today I am going on a Low Carb Diet.

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Now that your finally motivated to get your butt in check, your friends, family, and coworkers are of all of a sudden constantly asking you go out.

Naturally, you are afraid to go because you’re afraid off backsliding on your carefully planned out diet.

Let’s face it, the last time you decided to go out and told yourself your allowed a “cheat meal,” it turned into a cheat MONTH!

Trust me, we’ve all been there before. The good news is, there are ways around this!

You don’t have to hide inside away from the world just because you’ve decided to make a change for the better. In fact, test yourself to prove to yourself that you can do it!

So, I’ll get to it already and tell you how stick to your low carb diet while still being able to enjoy going out.

1. How to Battle “Not Drinking” When Going Out

Depending on what your actual plans are will determine how you assess the situation.

Are you going to a social event where people will be drinking?

  • Stick to your guns regardless of others and make the conscious decision to not engage.
  • Just be honest and tell people you are on a diet and are trying to stay on track.
  • If you have to lie…get a soda water with a lime and pretend so you don’t get hassled by the drunks (sometimes it’s just easier after they’ve reached 5 plus drinks).
  • If you have to lie again… Just say you have an early morning or that you are the designated driver and don’t want to risk a DUI.

Whatever your reason, just remember to have the will power to say no!

Whether it’s your friends or even yourself that you are battling, just remind yourself why you started this diet in the first place.

Or…..

If you’ve decided to drink, limit yourself to 1 or 2 and do not go beyond that.

In my experience, drinking usually leads to heavy unwanted food cravings, so just keep that in mind.

2. Plan Ahead for Restaurants

Have you ever gone to a restaurant expecting to stay on track with your diet, only to find out nothing they have fits your criteria of “healthy” and end up falling off track?

I HAVE!!!

Don’t make this mistake, and NEVER assume. Instead, try to look at the menu online before-hand and make sure that they have something you actually want that coincides with your diet.

If not, find somewhere else to go!

There are tons of restaurants, you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that corresponds with your meal plan.

Just remember to –

  • Make your meal low carb
  • Avoid sauces and oils high in sugar
  • Include lots of green vegetables
  • Stick with something high in lean protein
  • Sub out vegetables for a side
  • Get a sandwich wrapped in lettuce, or simply without the bun

3. Some “Low Carb Diet” Fast Food Alternatives

Sometimes, we just don’t have our food packed and we’re in a bind.

You’ve passed McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and your favorite local pizza shop. Yet, you want to stick as close to you diet as possible!

Your left with no choice but to stop somewhere, anywhere to finally get some food in you.

Here’s a list of some better alternative food options when you’re trying to stick to your low carb diet.

  1. Chipotle: Burrito Bowl/Salad Bowl
  • Chicken, Brown Rice (or no rice), Fajitas, Black Beans Lettuce, Pico, Easy Cheese, Easy Sour Cream
  1. Subway: Six Inch Turkey Sandwich
  • Turkey, Provolone Cheese, Tomato, Spinach, Pickles, Lite Mayo, Wheat Bread
  1. Starbucks: Za’tar Chicken & Lemon Tahini Salad
  • Chicken, Carrots, Ancient Grains, Cucumber, Lettuce, Lemon Tahini Dressing, (2 Serving Sizes)
  1. Subway – Chicken Salad
  • Chicken, Spinach, Lettuce, Lite Vinegar, Easy Shredded Cheese, Tomato, Onions, Green Peppers
  1. Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap
  • Chicken, Lettuce, Red Cabbage, Carrots, Cheese, Flaxseed Flatbread, Avocado Lime Dressing

Obviously, these are not your ONLY options for healthy fast food that will keep you on your low carb diet.

I just wanted to give you some examples and options you have to the alternative, which could be a Big-Mac or a Whopper.

These are not “the best” low carb diet options (home cooked meals are always a better option), but win by a landslide compared to most other fast food choices.

 4. Be Aware of The Portion Size

Remember that most restaurants give WAY TOO MUCH food on a single plate.

Just because the meal is in front of you doesn’t mean you should eat all of it.

Some tips to avoid over-doing it-

  • Drink LOTS of water, this way you fill up faster and won’t eat as much.
  • Obviously know how much you should or should not eat, and if there’s too much on the plate, wrap it up and save it for lunch tomorrow (YAY, don’t need to make lunch tomorrow).
  • If you feel you don’t have a lot of self-control, order something lighter like a side or a salad instead.
  • Only order an entrée, and avoid getting the appetizer, soup and salad before dinner side dishes.
  • Stay away from deep fried food (fries, wings, onion rings, etc..)

5. Indulge with Control

Let’s face it, once in a while you a need to live a little and enjoy yourself. Just remember with everything else, don’t over do it.

If you decide to have dessert, or even a drink like I mentioned earlier, keep it to only the drink(s) or dessert.

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