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Dining Out Guide

Author: Cara Walsh

July 24, 2012

Dining Out Guide

Author: Cara Walsh

July 24, 2012

When you’re on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan™, you have clear guidelines on what, when, and how much to eat. But what about when you’re dining out?

You can stay on plan with healthy Lean & Green™ Meals—or healthy options for the Transition and Maintenance phases—pretty much wherever you go. All it takes is a little planning and creativity. Most restaurants have choices that are compatible with the program, or can be, with a bit of modification.

The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to ask your server questions about “customizing” your order. Most places are more than happy to accommodate special requests and may offer healthier substitutions for free, or for a small additional charge.

Here are some tips: BEFORE YOU GO…

  • Review plan-friendly options so you know what to look for on the menu.
  • Do your homework. Check out the restaurant’s menu online or in person, or call ahead and plan your order in advance.

When deciding how to have your food prepared, keep in mind that certain cooking methods can add unnecessary calories and fat to your food. To help ensure that your meal is lower in calories and fat, have your food prepared using one of these recommended methods.

  • While on the 5 & 1 Plan™, stick to the recommended lean protein and vegetable choices for your Lean & Green™ Meal.
  • Get your food “naked.” This means with sauces, dressings, or toppings absent or on the side.
  • When eating beef, choose filet, loin (sirloin), or round
    cuts, and always trim any visible fat from the meat.
  • Stick with broth-based soups. Cream soups (not including Medifast Creamy Soups) tend to be higher in fat and calories.
  • Marinara, olive oil, or tomato-based sauces are your healthiest sauce choices.

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  • “Low-carb” does not necessarily mean “low-calorie” or “low-fat.” Be sure to read over the menu carefully to determine whether a “low-carb” item really is the best dietary choice.
  • When in Maintenance, choose items made with whole grains such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread and pasta.

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