- More appetizer-size portions of popular entrées.
- More baked and broiled choices in meat, fish and poultry.
- More fruit and vegetables side orders to substitute for fries.
Make physical activity part of dining out. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes:
- Walk from Home or the Office. Pick a restaurant that’s a 10- or 15-minute walk away. You'll get your meal and 30 minutes of physical activity and avoid the parking hassles.
- Walk with Family or Friends. Get moving as a group before or after eating. A brisk walk before a meal gives you time to chat. A stroll afterward helps your digestion.
- Walk Up Instead of Driving Thru. Park your car in the lot and walk inside to get your fast food order. And make fast food an occasional treat rather than a daily habit.
Becoming sensible about serving sizes is an important way to maintain a healthy weight and it’s good for your wallet too.
- Instead of a large entrée, order an appetizer and a leafy green salad or choose two appetizers for a meal.
- Start with a small serving like a cup of soup, a junior burger or a small order of fries. If you are still hungry, order something else.
- Indulge your inner child: Order a kid’s meal at a fast-food restaurant. Many now offer a choice of low-fat milk and fruits or vegetables instead of fries.
- Savor your steak twice as much. Eat half at the restaurant, then take the other half home to enjoy sliced onto a green salad or as a sandwich on whole-grain bread.
- Ask for a to-go box as soon as your meal is served. Put half your food into the container for a second meal. That’s two meals for the price of one.
- Share from start to finish. Order one appetizer for the whole table and then order one dessert with multiple forks. Sometimes, just a bite or two is perfect.
- Share an entrée. You can ask your server to split the meal in the kitchen or divide it up yourselves at the table.