If you’re like most Americans, you eat out at least once in a while, and if you do so frequently it can be difficult to control your calorie intake and maintain a healthy weight. However, following a few simple tricks can help you avoid unwanted weight gain and cut calories while eating out.

Take a look through this slideshow for the best tips on staying lean while still going out with your friends and indulging!

Drink Water Before Eating

dining out tips and advice

Instead of ordering soda, an alcoholic beverage, lemonade or sweet tea, choose ice water and drink a full glass of it before eating your meal. This is a calorie-free way to fill you up and make it easier to eat fewer calories during the meal. Also, it’s a great way to accurately determine how hungry you really are. Most of the time you are probably quite thirsty!

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