Healthy Eating Restaurant Hacks from Your Parkfit Personal Trainer Perth

Whether a fun special occasion or an everyday thing, dining out poses a challenge for those of us trying to eat better, especially if you are wanting to lose weight. Restaurant meals on average contain 1,000 calories and laden with salt and sugar to the hilt.

Your Parkfit Personal Trainer Perth won’t really advise that you eat out alot, since your diet and health can really suffer this way. If this is a part of your regular lifestyle , then all we can do is mitigate the effects.

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We all know to order a salad instead of fries, but these 13 simple restaurant hacks can also help:

1. Check out Online the Menu First

Make the better choice the easy choice by checking out restaurant menus online so you can make clear-headed decisions about your order ahead of time.

2. Don’t Arrive to Restaurant Famished personal trainer perth

We’re more likely to make poor food choices and consume far more calories when we let ourselves get too hungry. A well-timed 100-calorie snack like a piece of fruit, a few nuts or slice of cheese before eating out can help you stick to your good intentions.

3. Down a Glass of Water as Soon as You’re Seated

Having a tall glass of water before a meal can reduce overall calorie intake — likely by triggering our stomach’s “fullness” receptors and decreasing thirst for other beverages. Make it a rule to drink 16 ounces of water before putting anything else to your lips. 

4. Read Beyond the Hunger Words

Words like “fried,” “creamy,” “crispy,” “cheesy,” “saucy,” “stuffed,” “breaded” and “battered” are typically associated with high-calorie foods. Steamed, roasted, broiled, baked or grilled tend to be better choices.

5. Order an Appetizer or Split an Entree

With typical restaurant portions often large enough to serve multiple people, pairing an appetizer with a side salad is a great way to keep portion size in check. If you’re with a health-conscious friend, consider splitting a single entree.personal training perth

6. Have Half of Your Meal Boxed Before It Ever Touches the Table

As someone who can’t pass up a good burger and fries and likes to finish everything on my plate, this strategy helps me avoid having to make the tough decision of, “Should I eat that second half or not?”

7. Ask for Half the Amount of Starch

Don’t want to trade your fries, pasta or rice for a side salad or steamed veggies? Ask your server to have the kitchen to serve half the amount of starch as they normally do. You won’t be tempted to eat what’s not in front of you.

8. Request Beverages Be Served With Your Meal

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One simple way to drink fewer calories and still enjoy something besides water is to ask your server to bring your soda, beer or bubbles with your meal rather than while you wait, saving you from ordering a second round when the food comes and easily saving you 150 calories or more.

9. Dip Your Fork in Salad Dressing

Seasoned salad eaters already know to ask for dressing on the side but rather than drizzling that entire container of ranch onto your greens, dip your fork into the dressing before loading it up. You’ll be surprised how much flavor it provides and how little dressing you’ll use. Most dressings contain huuuge hidden calories!

10. Enhance Flavor Without Additional Sodium

There’s usually no shortage of flavor in restaurant meals, but if you find yourself looking around for a salt shaker, consider sodium-free flavor enhancers like a dash or two of vinegar or squeeze of fresh lemon instead.

11. Fill up on Veggies First

The principle here is similar to that of having a glass of water before you eat: Filling the stomach with lower-calorie, high-fiber foods like a side salad or vegetable of the day first will trigger the stomach’s satiety receptors and help you feel fuller on fewer calories. (This assumes, of course, that the veg isn’t drowning in ranch dressing or cheese sauce.)  

12. Opt out of Free Refills

Free refills have a way of sneaking their way onto the table, particularly if you’re engaged in conversation. When placing your drink order, simply tell your server you’d prefer to pass on the refill or ask they bring a calorie-free soda water the second time around.

13. Book More Personal Training Sessions with Parkfit.

If you know you will be over your calorie requirements (which your personal trainer in Perth) will work out for you – then if you over eat you will need to book in extra training sessions to ensure you burn off the calories.

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