Compulsive overeaters are faced with a few problems when they go to a restaurant. They are faced with large portions, high calorie foods, appetizers and desserts. With the 5 steps that follow you will be able to continue treating your compulsion for eating, even while out to eat with friends, family or coworkers. Restaurants are not to be feared. In fact with the following tips you can learn to have your new thin self coexist with restaurants. These three tips will allow you to enjoy guilt free trips to a restaurant.
Step 1. Bag it
When the server brings you your food ask him to bring you a box or
doggie-bag. He will bring it with the ketchup and as soon as he does
split the entire meal in half and put one half in the container to take
home. This will immediately cut your caloric intake in half.
Additionally, it will help you avoid the urge to clean your plate and is an
easy exercise. It requires only the will power to ask for the take home
container. Your eating companions will also realize what you have done
and perhaps they will bring it up. If they do, proudly explain to them
that you are changing the way you eat and these portions are too large.
Be sure not to mention a diet. Diets do not work and we know that.
You are changing your life by changing the way you eat and others will admire
you for that.
Step 2. Split it
If you are eating with a companion insist on splitting something with
them. Some restaurants will charge a split plate fee of $2 or $3.
These few dollars is a bargain compared to you and one other person overeating
if you had each gotten your own entree. You will pay a smaller bill with
both your wallet and your waistline. The only downside to this is that
you must decide together what to eat. One thing we need to be sure of is
that we order something that will satisfy us. If we eat something that
does not sound appealing we may go home and binge to satisfy that
craving. If you think that this may happen use one of the other tips I am
giving to you.
Step 3. Ruin it
This is my favorite method although
it is the most expensive. My wife, who does not have a weight problem,
actually taught me this. What she will do is when she is finished with
her food and feels full she will use the condiments available to ruin the food
that is left. She will squirt ketchup on her pancakes or sprinkle Equal
on what's left of her hamburger. You can also take your napkin and smash
it into the remaining food. This is something that I have adopted because
we do not always agree on eating the same things. In addition to being
more expensive you must be able to waste half of a meal. If that is
something that does not bother you then this is often a fun ways to stop
yourself from grazing after you have finished.
When practiced regularly these tips will help you stay on track with your weight control goals.