The poster reads:
“You don’t want me to go to jail, do you?” - 14 years old
“Swallow.” - 15 years old
“You know I love you, right?” - 16 years old
“Spread your legs.” - 17 years old
“If he really hurt you, you wouldn’t love him.” - prosecutor
“You must have wanted it.” - priest
” ” - parents
Nom Nom Nom Veggie Soup!
Some people trying to lose weight steer clear of restaurants to avoid the large portion sizes, bottomless bread baskets and all those high-calorie entries. But shunning restaurants altogether isn’t a realistic approach to weight loss — and it’s unnecessary.
You can eat out andlose weight. Start with this list of tips to help you navigate the menu options at your favorite fast-food joints and sit-down restaurants.
1. Set a budget. Determine how much you’re willing to eat before looking at the menu. Give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don’t let every day become a special occasion.)
2. Put on your game face. Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:
3. Make special requests. Don’t be shy. You’re paying good money for that meal, so you’re entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:
4. Practice portion control. Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the “normal” size — especially super-sized fast food and chain restaurant meals. Keep your portions in check by:
5. Break down (language) barriers. If you don’t know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes:
6. Downsize the super-size. Super-sized fast food meal options can be loaded with calories. Either:
7. Watch out for extras. The average burger with ketchup, lettuce and tomato isn’t so bad. But one with “the works” is usually a caloric nightmare. Skip bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, and also double-pattie burgers and extra pieces of bread.
8. Don’t go top heavy. Salad bars and garden salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly diet-conscious choices:
9. Don’t drink away your progress. A drink with dinner is fine, but too many margaritas may wreak havoc on your dieting resolve. Keep your appetite under control by:
10. Resign from the “clean plate club.” You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories on your body. Downsize by: