Ask Jenny: How to Stay Lean and Clean When Eating Out
Hi Jenny - I completed your Lean and Clean program last year and loved it - I lost 11lbs! Thanks to my new found confidence I have started dating again and am eating out at least 1-2 times a week, but I don’t want this to derail the amazing changes I have made for my health and body composition. Help!
Hi Kelsey, and congratulations!
Firstly, let me reassure that eating out 1-2 times a week will not undo all of your hard work - my Lean and Clean Program fundamentally changes your metabolism and blood sugar balance so once you have finished the program your body will continue to use food for fuel rather than storing it as fat!
Eating out whilst staying Lean and Clean is simple to do, and trying new restaurants is one of mine and Husband Hanway’s favorite date nights. Below are some easy tips that can keep you feeling amazing whilst still enjoying evenings out with your new boo:
Ensure you are having mid-afternoon protein, fat and fibre based mini meal (small smoothie, hummus and veggie sticks) so you can make smart menu choices from a place of balanced blood sugar and stable hunger hormones.
Choose your location : types of restaurants that easily lend themselves to eating Lean and Clean include Sushi, Tapas, Greek, Mediterranean, Asian and Steakhouses, but by using the principles below you can dine out pretty much anywhere (pizza joints however may be a no-go.
Choose a sugar free soft drink (such as soda water and lime) if having a drink before the meal, or if you do want to have alcohol choose a glass or champagne or Prosecco.
Ask for the gluten free menu if they have one - most restaurants do.
When you sit down at the table skip the bread basket (I usually ask for some olives instead if they have them), and ask for some water or a soda water and lime rather than having an alcoholic drink straight away.
Choosing your appetizer: salad or soup helps boost fibre levels and help you not overeat at the rest of the meal.
Choosing your entree entree: select your favourite protein option from the menu then ask your server if you can swap out the carb for an extra serving of vegetable or a side salad.
Use the either or approach: choose an extra glass of wine (I recommend a max of 2 drinks total at any meal) OR a desert, not both!
A note about alcohol....
I would love to say that alcohol does not have a negative impact on fat loss (quite honestly I love a glass of chilled prosecco or champagne and a great glass of red wine), but unfortunately it does.
Our body will always burn any alcohol that is present first, so if you have a glass of wine (or three) on a Friday night then take a Soul Cycle class on a Saturday morning, you will have to burn through the alcohol first, then any stored carbs, then finally your might get to your stored body fat (but it’s doubtful)...
Also alcohol is a source of empty calories and really has no nutrient value (there are some antioxidants in organic red wine), so choose when you have alcohol wisely.
Should you wish to indulge better choices include, prosecco or champagne, clear spirits with club soda, or a polyphenol rich glass of organic red wine.
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