If you're counting on restaurants to guide you to the perfect menu choice that will help you lose weight, you've got a long wait ahead of you. Nearly all of the "chain" restaurants are scrambling to offer some form of "low carb" or "lite" menu items in an effort to keep you coming back while you're on a diet, and many are hooking up with diets like Atkins or Weight Watcher's to offer compatible choices. The problem is that this is no guarantee that you'll get a meal that meets your personal health or weight loss needs. Here are some examples:
Denny's has a line
of "carb-watch" menu items. The problem is that their "carb-watch" breakfasts
contain 610-653 Calories, and range from 44 to 53 grams of fat, much of it
saturated animal fat from sausage, bacon, and eggs. Even if you're devoted to
eating high fat animal foods, you're not going to lose weight when one meal
takes up about 1/2 of your total calories for the day! On the other hand,
Denny's has a "carb-watch" grilled chicken entree that only contain 314
Calories, and 8 grams of fat - that's more like it.
So, on the surface it looks like restaurant dining has become healthier, but take a closer look - there's no consistency in labeling ("lite" doesn't mean anything!) and there's not enough information to make good selections. At A Personal Dietitian, we do understand that most people dine out several times a week and need help with making the best possible choices at their favorite restaurants. Our personal diet plans include individual help from the nutrition experts, registered dietitians. We'll give you some easy rules that you can use to figure out what to eat anywhere, and if you have a particular restaurant choice you want to fit into your plan, we'll help you figure out what to do. Eating out with your family and friends is an important social event, and sometimes a necessity. With the support and help you get on your personal diet program, you'll know just what to do to reach your diet and health goals and still enjoy dining out with your friends and family.