Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to lose weight even though you are ordering the healthiest things on the menu???? According to “Oxygen” magazine, even healthy meals can be packed with fat. Here are some tips for making sure your “healthy” choices are dipped in butter!
According to Walter Husbands, a former resort chef and the Executive Chef for Aramark, a Pennsylvania-based food service company, the biggest problem usually lies with the sauté cook. Armed with a pitcher full of melted butter and a ladle, sauté chefs don’t usually show much self-restraint. And, since 50 to 70 percent of a menu typically funnels through the sauté cook, the only way to avoid this fat-laden sabotage is by ordering something grilled, poached, steamed or baked, so that you can skip the sauté line altogether.
Other times, an uneducated wait staff may be to blame. Husbands tells of a waiter who told him that his restaurant’s peanut sauce had “not a drop of oil in it,” as he watched puddles of oil form on the surface of this “fat-free” sauce.
Take it back!
Asking for special requests during rush hour also diminishes your chances of getting what you want. “If you ask for a piece of fish grilled without fat, you’re dealing with a cook who’s done 150 pieces of fish the same way, and you’re number 151. It throws him for a loop.”
Don’t be afraid to send something back if it’s not what you ordered. “If you ordered ‘sauce on the side’ and it comes out on top, don’t eat it just to avoid causing trouble,” says Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD. She also recommends that you:
• Ask for the sauce ingredients.
• Beware of the calories in beverages, which can add up quickly. Always go for water.
• Pass on the bread, or ask for it to be served with the entrée so it has equal status with your meal.
• Beware of individual pizzas, which are often enough for four people.
• Order dressing on the side instead of asking to have your salad lightly dressed.
• If you’ve been craving chicken Parmesan but won’t besatisfied by a grilled chicken salad, order chicken Parmesan but only eat half of it. Consider whether you’ll be satisfied with a menu-labeled low-cal version, or if you’re better off eating half of the “real” thing (source).
Of course, the best way to know what is in your food is to make it yourself. However, for those occasions when you aren’t willing to cook, this article should help you stay slim when ordering out!