In times of diet, the restaurant, synonymous with extreme temptations, is often the pet peeve. In fact, a good restaurant, with main course, dessert and glass of wine, is around 1000 calories.
In fact, it is possible to have fun while lightening the plate and keep this convivial moment on its daily menu.
Laurence Plumey, nutritionist, author of the book ” How to lose weight happily when you don’t like sports or vegetables gives us the commandments to follow to thwart the traps.
In an Italian restaurant, ciao the tiramisu
No need to venture into an Italian establishment if you forbid pizza and its 700 calories. Opt for half a slice of ham, egg and various vegetables rather than a large four-cheese pizza.
Same trick for pasta: drop carbonara and very greasy lasagna and go for pasta with seafood or tomato.
On the dessert side, the lightness of the tiramisu is deceptive. One slice is 300 calories. Head for the fruit salad.
Tip: choose a restaurant with a varied menu that also offers risottos, antipasti, grilled meat, seafood, etc.
In a Chinese restaurant, we avoid spring rolls
Although Asian restaurants have a reputation for being healthy, beware of fried products (2 spring rolls = 200 calories), sauces (1 sugar cube per teaspoon of sweet and sour sauce) and the high content of carbohydrates from steamed rice and dumplings.
The coconut ball is also to be set aside, in favor of fruit or a scoop of sorbet.
Chicken or fish accompanied by vegetables and a little rice, a few vapors as a starter will make up a balanced menu. Another temptation to thwart: the all-you-can-eat buffet. No need to get in trouble.
Japanese cuisine is low in fat, apart from the good omega 3s in tuna and salmon, but very sweet, including coleslaw.
Sushi and maki are false friends, they are cooked with rice vinegar and sugar.
A set of 12 pieces equals 350 calories. Better to have miso soup and sashimi with some rice. At dinner, we skip the starchy foods.
In an oriental restaurant, no tajine or merguez
Couscous or tagines? The first is much less greasy. The one with chicken with vegetables and a little semolina will be healthier than the one with lamb.
Merguez sausages and mint tea, each glass of which can contain up to 6 sugar cubes, should be forgotten.
In an Indian restaurant, not at the naan
Same rule everywhere, avoid fried food. On the contrary, the tandoori chicken, served with rice and vegetables, is recommended.
For sweet tooths, yogurt drink with spices is a lean and reasonable dessert.
Even though it is delicious, the cheese naan is to be ruled out: a single serving is equivalent to two pieces of full-fat cheese.
In a French restaurant, no alcohol or chocolate fondant
The ideal menu combines raw vegetables, grilled meat or non-fried fish with vegetables and a fruit salad, a cottage cheese or 2 scoops of sorbet.
All without bread and without alcohol. The glass of wine (150 calories) and the chocolate fondant add 550 calories to the plate.
And what to do during a lunch break on the go?
The least caloric sandwiches are those rich in raw vegetables, without mayonnaise. The famous buttered ham saves the furniture with 300 calories.
For kebab addicts (400 calories), forget the fries and don’t be heavy-handed on the white sauce. To compensate, it will be necessary to favor a fruit at snack time and zap starchy foods and bread at dinner.
On the fast-food side, a simple burger, a salad without sauce, a fries and a light soda will do the trick. Better, if you have 20 minutes, explore one of the many soup bars. In summer, consider green or fruity juices to quench your thirst.