Don't let enormous portions, boatloads of butter and overflowing bread baskets keep you from eating out. Enjoy your meal and a slimmer shape with these simple tips.
Play favorites: Decide before you even have the menu in front of you whether you want to enjoy a small piece of bread, a glass of wine or three bites of a sinful dessert. All of these tasty extras provide about the same number of calories and not much nutrition. Pick one and switch it up next time!
Go halvsies: A restaurant entrée generally has twice as many calories as the same dish cooked at home. Split whatever you order in half: Share an entrée with your date or a friend, request a half portion of your dish (many chefs will oblige), or ask the waiter for a take-out container and wrap up half of your dinner before you dig in.
Focus on your friends: When you're out to eat, it's easy to scarf down your meal and then reach for bread, more wine or your pal's plate. Adopt a more leisurely pace by shifting your attention from your food to your dining partners. Take breaks between bites to listen, talk and laugh. You'll eat less and have more fun.