How’s April working out for you so far?
Only 2 days in but how you START something is just as important how you FINISH.
With Easter looming and all those chocolatey temptations kickin’ about…
How are you coping?
Make sure you’re making time for YOU and squeezing in those workouts especially if you struggle with self control at this time of year.
Don’t know what workout to do?
Come join in the fun at my fitness classes this Friday / Monday and see how it’s done!
BODYMAX BURN (Friday)
BODYMAX BLAST (Monday)
And hey, WHATEVER you have planned this Easter w/e the chances are, you’re probably going to ‘go out’ for a meal.
Going out for a meal usually = SERIOUS calorie overload.
What appears to be healthy at a restaurant, very likely is NOT.
Sit down restaurant meals, due to their exceptionally LARGE portions and often irresponsible preparation methods (with respect to calorie content) give very little regard to health and weight management.
Restaurants want you to LOVE the food, be satisfied and come back.
Aaaand no suprise, it comes at the expense of YOUR health and waistline.
Does that mean you should never eat out?
No, I’m a fan of eating out too.
But you have to be aware of what goes down and YOU have to be the one in control of the meal.
Here’s my top 5 tips:
1. Start with Soup
As long as it’s not ‘cream of’ anything, it’s usually a safe choice and the liquid will stop you eating more on your main course.
2. Half Portion/Half Calories – ask the server for a half portion.
Instant 50% reduction in calories!
Chances are, you’ll be just as satisfied with 1/2 the normal portion but when the whole thing is on your plate in front of you, you’ll always eat more just because it’s there….Hands up if that’s you!
3. Give VERY specific instructions on how you want your food prepared.
For example, order your meat grilled with absolutely no sauces, etc.
Skip the ‘pre-made’ salad dressings and request olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead.
Ask how things are prepared.
It’s your server’s job to answer your questions and you’re paying them to be an expert and deliver to you exactly what you want.
If you don’t want a boatload of hidden calories make sure you don’t get them by speaking up and clarifying what you want.
4. Forget Fries!
Usually when you have a main (particularly a meat one, you get the choice of French fries or a side salad.
Even if you don’t get the option and it comes with French fries – swap it for a side salad and BOOOM instant 500 calorie save!
5. Sharing Is Caring
Having 3 courses is NEVER necessary and I would always advise to have a starter and main as opposed to a main and dessert but hey we’re all human so if you want to satisfy that sweet tooth then make sure you SHARE a pudding…
1, 2, 3, 4 spoons – the more you share the less you need to care about those calories.
Once again the chances are you’ll be satisfied after a few bites so don’t be greedy.
Follow those 5 simple tips and you’ll more than HALF your typical calorie intake from ‘eating out’ this w/e.
Health and fitness is not a quick fix – it’s a way of life and about making better choices!
Oh and want to know how to make a the simplest, healthiest and tastiest snack EVER?
Check out my Tip of The Day:
Whether you’re going away, working out, out for a meal or spending time with the ones you love…
Have a Happy Easter : )
Lee ‘partial to a cheeky bit of Lindt’ Donald x