Enjoy Restaurant Meals And Still Lose Weight

If you are tired of cooking all your meals at home, dining out can be a great treat. But in most cases, dining out can lead to putting on extra weight. This can make it difficult to make the right decision for your health, and whether or not to eat out. This article will give you the information you need to be able to enjoy a restaurant meal and not put on any extra weight.

1. Dine at vegetarian restaurants. Visiting vegetarian places that only offer vegetarian meals is a great option. This is not to imply that non-vegetarian meals are bad for you. This just means that you will need to take more care when ordering non-vegetarian meals to avoid the ones with extra fat or calories.

As an example, chicken meat served in restaurants is usually packed with a lot more fat than normal, which is not good for you. In saying this, lean chicken meat is a healthy option but not all restaurants offer this on their menu. So vegetarian diners are a safer way to go to avoid unwanted extras.

2. Give up the salad dressing. Everyone knows that eating salads is a healthier option for you. Salads are just raw vegetables cut up into edible portions. Eating more raw vegetables is great for boosting your metabolic rate and in turn, getting your body to shed more fat. But in most cases, restaurant salads will come served with a high calorie dressing. So if ordering salads, don’t forget to ask them to leave the salad dressing off.

3. Keep away from buffets. The majority of food on offer at buffets is high in calories. These types of foods are made up in bulk and usually have large amounts of oil, which make the food off-limits to those who want to shed weight. If you really want to eat buffet style, go for the healthier options like salads and vegetables. This will help keep the unwanted calories in check.

4. Eat smaller portions. Make sure you have a reasonable size portion on your plate before you eat. All you need to do is take the excess food home for the next day, if the portion size is too large. Restaurants usually have containers you can use for any leftovers. As long as you mind the above tips when eating out next, there is nothing wrong with dining out, so go for it.

Vegetarian Diet

There is more than one vegetarian diet. If someone tells you that they are a vegetarian that could mean many different things. With each style of a vegetarian diet there are certain foods that are restricted. With each food that is restricted it is important to consider what those foods do for your body so that you can find other ways to get the nutrients they used to provide. Any of these ways of eating can help you to lose weight and more importantly keep it off and be healthier.

Here are a few categories of vegetarianism:

· Vegan – a vegan diet is one that does not have any animal products in it at all. There is no meat, diary, fish, poultry, eggs, or any products that contain any of these items. Many times vegans will also not eat honey.

· Lacto-vegetarian – a lacto vegetarian consists of a diet that cuts out meat, fish, poultry, and egg, but diary is allowed.

· Ovo-lacto-vegetarian – an ovo lacto vegetarian will not eat meat, fish, or poultry, but they will eat eggs and dairy products.

If you are considering switching over to a vegetarian diet for weight loss there are a few things that you can do to slowly change you meals. It might not be a good idea for you to completely cut out the meat, especially if you have had a diet heavy in meat for a long time. Instead slowly change what you eat. Start this process by increasing the meat free meals that you already eat. For example if you make a vegetable stir-fry make this more often.

Once you are comfortable with a few more meat free meals during the week add in substitutions. For example there are many meat free versions of faux ground beef, or fake chicken. Some of these are really great and much healthier for you than their fleshy counterparts. Try to substitute a few meals with these alternatives. Even with this simple switch you will start to see a change in your waistline.

Finally try new menus. There are hundreds of great vegetarian cookbooks and the internet has a never ending supply of interesting recipes that you can try. There are also many vegetarian restaurants or restaurants that offer vegetarian options. Try some of these places and when you find foods that you enjoy ask for the recipe so that you can try to make them at home.

It has been proven that people who eat a vegetarian diet, no matter what style of that diet eat fewer calories than people who eat meat. A vegetarian does need to be more careful with their protein choices. It is easy to pick high fat proteins on a vegetarian diet, like cheese. But there are many low fat proteins that are good for you and have less negative dietary issues and less fat. Many of the protein foods that you love can also be found in low fat options. So feel free to eat the cheese if you want it, just try it in low fat.

How you cook your foods can also affect their nutritional value. If you are changing your diet for weight loss it is important to know that foods that have been fried are the least good for you. If you enjoy fried foods try to bake, grill, or steam instead. Often these cooking styles can make your food taste better and they are much better for you. If you do a lot of stir-fry cooking try to use less oil which will help make that cooking process healthier as well.

For any type of healthy eating diet, it is a good rule of thumb to always choose whole foods. This means eating foods that are natural. If you have the choice between French fries and an apple, go for the apple. If you have a choice between spaghetti with canned tomato sauce or roasted vegetables, go for the vegetables. This way you are making the healthy choice with foods that are fresh and natural.

Green Sprout – Atlanta Restaurant Review – Vegetarian – Chinese

I eat dead animals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. I eat them awake, asleep, while driving – I’d eat them in the shower if I could get away with it. Few things are better than having your food look back at you, the entire head, roasted with a frozen grin; while someone saws off a slice of cheek and passes it around the table.

Once I went vegetarian for six months straight. You know what I ate? French fries, cake, bread, cheese pizza – everything that was neither meat, nor vegetable. Without that muscle, that fat, and sometimes the crunching bones, legumes just didn’t give me what I needed, what I craved. Vegetables don’t properly get stuck in my teeth. Muscle fibers hang on for dear life, wedging themselves between molars to avoid that final acid digestion. Sure I can fill my stomach with plants but I won’t be satisfied. I’m a freakin samurai and something needs to die in order for me to feel content. (Well… only when I lose my Zen.)

Green Sprout does not serve meat.

Sure, their menu ‘says’ beef, or chicken, or fish – but no. Green Sprout does not serve meat. So go ahead, order your orange chicken. Order your sesame beef. Order as if they actually do serve meat. Pretend like the fake tofu is going to give you that feeling of dead animal. Pretend like the texture is going to come close, as if tofu could ever mimic meat from the best rice fed cows drunk on saki.

Give up. Make your vegetarian girlfriend happy for once and actually go to a ‘vegetarian’ restaurant. Oh, when the food arrives after a short wait, take that bite. Push the vegetables aside and go for that fake meat. Come on, it can’t touch the real stuff, why even pretend? Just get it over with. Pop one of those chik-pattie wannabes into your mouth and move on.

Okay, I’ll admit it, the fake meat is pretty good here. It’s so good that it doesn’t even taste like meat. In fact, considering that many vegetarians are vegetarian not for ethical reasons, but because they just don’t like the taste and texture of meat, this is perfect – for them. Sure it’s not kobe beef, or free range fowl, or Alaskan wild salmon, but that’s okay. We’re giving the wildlife a break today.

Come here often enough and they’ll remember you. Something Green Sprout has over Top Spice and Ru-Sans (the other two restaurants above and next door) is that the people here will get to know you if give them a chance, if you want to know them. Overhearing the server talk to the other tables, half of the menu should be off limits. Stick with the basics. Stick with stuff you’ll find at nearly every other regular chinese restaurant. The fake meat here is made up of different types of tofu, prepared in several ways using simple tricks such as freezing, and drying and switching with pork (in my dreams). Giving it less of a tofu texture and more of a… meat substitute texture.

Green Sprout is an odd restaurant to me. I understand what they’re doing, but why do it? I just don’t get it. But don’t get me wrong, the food here is good, I just wish it had been something that could fight back. Pigs can fight back right? Chickens? Salmon? Sure they can. Um. Nevermind.

Review Summary: 4.2 out of 5

Green Sprout [http://markrox.net/eatallday]

1529 Piedmont Ave

Atlanta, GA, 30324

(404) 874-7373