I’m back at work after delivering my second child six months ago. I’m trying to lose pregnancy weight, but I don’t have the time or energy to prepare lunches from home. What’s the best way to maintain a healthy diet when relying on take-out food?
Basic guidelines to choose the healthiest alternatives when you eat out:
1. Choose grilled or baked food rather than fried options. Poultry or fish are healthier options than meat.
2. Drink low-fat milk or water instead of fruit juice or soda.
3. Look for freshly prepared foods. Salad is often a good bet, especially if you use dressing sparingly. Choose a baked potato or a fresh vegetable instead of French fries or chips.
4. Choose reasonable portions or be willing to divide your meal in two and save half for later. Don’t “super-size” portions or choose double-decker sandwiches.
5. Don’t load up on cheese, sour cream or other high-fat additions.
6. Instead of high-fat, high-calorie desserts choose a piece of fruit or a small portion of frozen yogurt or sorbet.
Don’t forget that exercise should be a part of any weight-loss plan. And, if you are still breastfeeding, avoid stringent dieting and continue to drink plenty of liquids.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.