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Losing Weight Doesn't Have to Mean Living in a Bubble

Posted by on Aug. 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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Losing Weight Doesn't Have to Mean Living in a Bubble

Posted by Maressa Brown on August 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

empty plate with forkLosing weight may be one of the hardest health challenges some women will ever face. It doesn't help that there are a million theories and strategies, diets, "do"s and "don't"s associated with the process. But one of the theories that far too many seem to subscribe to is that to pare pounds successfully, you basically have to live in a bubble. In other words, it's impossible to get healthier and see results on the scale unless you're eating some kind of pre-packaged, pre-portioned "diet food" from a frozen package, in your house, with the door locked and cell phone on silent (lest someone call and tempt you with an invite out into The Real World). Forget dining out at restaurants -- where there's booze, dessert, BREAD BASKETS, AHHH! -- while trying to slim down! That's crazy talk!

Or is it? Thankfully, researchers are confirming a tasty little secret: Yes, we can totally lose weight while eating out.

As much as I love to cook, I also adore eating out, trying new restaurants, perusing Yelp! for the latest and greatest place to grab anything from a quick nosh to a fancy dinner in our neck of the woods ... or anywhere my fiance and I happen to be visiting. Mexican is my fave. Greek a close second. And oh, yeah, you can't get away with living in North Jersey and not eating out at an Italian joint at least once every 2-3 weeks. Yet ... I've somehow managed to lose weight several times while still doin' the restaurant hopping thing. Go figure!

My theory -- based on some of the smartest lessons learned from Weight Watchers -- is that you can and should indulge from time to time. You can also enjoy foods you love -- in moderation -- and then hop back on the health bandwagon the next day. One meal on a Saturday night is never what makes or breaks the scale in the long-haul. Consistently poor choices are what'll cost you.

And that seems to be what the researchers -- who looked at women in their 50s and 60s -- seemed to find. In the study, women who were trying to lose weight definitely ate out less than average Americans, but not that much less (two to three times a week versus four to five). The difference was that women who were successful at weight loss brought their healthier eating habits to the restaurant table. I would guess like having bread but skipping butter. Polishing off maybe just half a huge entree and taking the rest home. Sticking to one glass of booze or skipping it altogether. But the biggest tip researchers had? Bulking up on fruits and veggies. Hello, no-brainer!

In the end, self-deprivation is never the way to go. Smart indulgence on the other hand? Totally doable.

Do you believe it's possible to dine out while losing weight?


by on Aug. 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Aug. 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Yes. Of course.
Calories in.. vs calories expended.
as long as you keep your choices smart and don't overindulge... absolutely!
The key is to knowing when you are full... and dont stuff yourself... that gross feeling of "UGH, I cant eat another bite..." happens alot when going out... BUT as long as you keep in mmind that you always feel better BEFORE that.. the losing weight/maintaing a healthy weight shouldnt be an issue.
- signed Scarlett, 5'1, 118lbs. (give or take)

Jillysmom
by Adele on Aug. 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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Yes you can. I eat out and have learned (whether out or not) to eat till i'm satisfied, I don't need to eat till i'm going to explode. I also do alittle more exercise when I know i'm eating alittle more.

I'm down 48 pounds 

Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I am not a dieter,  i enjoy eating.  that said I do watch what I eat.  I dont eat till im stuffed.  For the most part I try to measure my portions to the palm of my hand (a lot of portion control articles suggest this so its what I do) I drink plenty of water, I walk after dinner with the kids weather permitting.  If I do crave things I wont have an entire piece of cake,  i'll have a few bites to satisfy the craving.

Wyldbutterfly
by Snow Bunny on Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I never bought in to that sort of thought process. One can eat smart just about anywhere these days. One can eat what ever so long as it's in proportions and you are getting some sort of exercise! One can have a carb or few while watching what they eat. Your body does need them. So long as your smart about it. I see no problem eating what ever.

Jillysmom
by Adele on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM


Quoting Wyldbutterfly:

I never bought in to that sort of thought process. One can eat smart just about anywhere these days. One can eat what ever so long as it's in proportions and you are getting some sort of exercise! One can have a carb or few while watching what they eat. Your body does need them. So long as your smart about it. I see no problem eating what ever.

I agree, I eat whatever I like and just have smaller amounts or make it my only treat for the week (if its something major like a chocolate meltdown,lol)

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