How to stick to a diet when dining out

Dining out when on trying to stay healthy can be every dieter's nightmare.  Firstly, not every menu has a calorie count and secondly, not every restaurant serves healthy food.  It is difficult to sometimes find the right balance when you are not in control of choosing the place that you're visiting.  Having being diagnosed with a stomach issue that relies heavily on me choosing low fat food to avoid flare ups, I know how difficult it is to choose the right meal when there seems to be nothing available on the menu and as a vegetarian, it is even more difficult when most meals are loaded with full fat cheese. 

Look at the menu before you go

Looking at the menu before you head out for your meal will stop you from making impulsive choices and will enable you to analyse what is safe/ healthiest to eat before you sit down. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions

When you arrive, don't be afraid to ask your waiter questions.  Some meals may be able to be adapted to suit your dietary needs and they may be able to answer questions about the healthier options available.

Opt for dressing on the side

If in doubt, always opt for dressing on the side. Salad dressings can add hundreds of calories to a basic salad as they are often loaded with oil. By asking for the dressing on the side, you can be in control of how much you consume.

Forgo the cocktails

As irresistible as they may be, especially on a hot day or a Friday after work, cocktails are often loaded up with sugar and the calories can soon add up. If you're looking for a slimline drink, opt for a gin and tonic or vodka and soda. Also, many restaurants are also now selling skinny prosecco - so it is worth keeping an eye out for it.

Order some table tap water

Drinking tap water in between courses or between bites of your meal will not only help keep you hydrated, it make you fuller quickly, therefore you are less likely to consume too many calories or be tempted to order dessert.

Don't be too hard on yourself

Finally, don't be too hard on yourself. We all have days where we feel like slacking off our diets and as long as you eat healthy and in moderation most of the time, you are allowed a cheat day. Diets only work if you're happy, being too hard on yourself will make you miserable and in turn, can lead to comfort eating.

How do you stick to a diet when eating out?



  1. Definitely agree with all of these pointers. It can be so difficult sticking to a diet when you're eating out, and especially when you're on holiday too.

  2. We always get a jug of water for everyone at the table. Asking questions is also great as most chefs will happpily change things or make something else for you. If they know you are a happy customer you are going to return and recommend them x

  3. Some great tips here. Asking questions is so important. My daughter has lots of allergies but we find that lots of things can be adapted if you speak to the chef

  4. I've never been able to stick to a diet whilst we are eating out... It's always been one of my failures... These pointers could definitely help!

  5. Eating out is so hard! I'm on slimming world so I'm just careful where I go. Nandos is a good place to go though and still stay healthy! I have the butterfly chicken (skin removed), spicy rice and salad! Tastes amazing and still the healthy option

  6. I totally agree with these tips and use them almost every time I eat out. And if I really, really want to treat myself to the burger or some creamy dish, I just make sure I work it out the next day. I find that this works better for me as otherwise I tend to get frustrated. Ha! x

  7. Pre looking at the menu is a good one. Also, not having the cocktails, because like you say they are full of sugar :) x

  8. I always like to pick what I am eating off the menu before I go. Sometimes it can be so overwhelming even if you're not dieting. x

  9. Great tips, I'm not very good at sticking to a diet full stop but I do always order tap water and look at the menu before I eat out! xo

  10. Thanks for the tips! I always lose myself when I'm eating out


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