Are you eating out frequently? Here’s how to keep a tab on calories

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2016 11:39 IST
Always keep in mind that you must opt for low-fat sauces, health flour options and cooking techniques while dining out. (Shutterstock)

Eating out is inevitable in today’s fast-paced world. However, with it, comes the natural question: how does one keep a count on the calorie-intake? Well, it is all about making the right choices with healthy flours, low-fat sauces and the cooking technique, say experts.

Anisha Dhar and Nupur Khanna, Co-founders of Eatonomist -- a gourmet meal planner -- have shared some pointers that you can keep in mind the next time you dine out.

Use low-fat dressing and sauces
Don’t add that extra spoon of cream or cheese or ghee to the food that you consume daily. Use olive oil for non-Indian cooking and mustard oil for Indian.

Use lean cuts of meat
Trim the fat of the meats that you eat. There is enough protein in the meat. You don’t need that extra fat.

Use healthy flours
Use flours which are healthier and have low calories such as multigrain, millets and jowar.

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Flours such as multigrain atta, millet and jowar should be your default options while dining out.

Cooking techniques
Use baking, steaming, grilling, poaching, sous vide as your methods of cooking. Avoid frying your food.

Portion control
Portion control is one of the most important factors while checking calories. Don’t eat straight out of a container. Use a measured bowl/spoon to eat and eat slowly. This helps in understanding the quantity.

Read: Secret to good health, fitness | Maintaining a food diary

Get an app, or a calorie calculator which tells you your daily consumption and helps in keeping the calories in check. Maintain a diet chart and eat accordingly.

Use bowls
Have meals in a bowl if you can. A meal in a bowl has all the necessary components. The carbs, the protein and the fibre.

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