The Easiest Way to Control Portions and Limit Calories While Eating Out
Ask for a to-go box when you order your food so that it comes out with your food.
Don’t wait for your food to arrive to ask for a box — there might be more pressing issues (forgotten food, messed up orders, etc) and you might forget to ask.
You also don’t want to wait to ask for a box until you think you might need one, as it may take the waiter a while to come back to your table. Then, once they do, it may take them a while to bring your box back to you.
By that time, you’ve probably had a few hunded extra calories you didn’t need.
As soon as your food arrives and not a single bite into your meal, put half of your food into your to-go box. Put the box on the seat beside you, the seat across from you (if possible), or just push it across the table as far away as possible.
You’ve just saved yourself hundreds or possibly a thousand more calories. You saved a little bit of money, too, as you can eat the leftovers for another meal.
It’s no secret restaurant portions are ridiculously large. And unfortunately, many of us have been programmed from a young age to eat whatever we have on our plate in front of us. Short of never going out to eat again to your typical American restaurant, this is the single biggest change you can make to cut the calories.
Losing weight is made possible by small lifestyle adjustments like these.