Dining Out Guide
When you're eating Nutrisystem® food and following your meal plan, you know you're getting just the right balance of good nutrition and meals perfectly portioned for weight loss.

But we also understand that eating out is a part of life, so for the times you do decide to treat yourself to a bite out, this Dining Out Guide provides tips for making smart choices with any menu, so you and your waistline can both leave happy.

Dining Out: Do’s and Don’ts

The key to eating out is pre-planning. Here are some general tips that can help you plan for success:

PRE-PLAN BEFORE YOU GO
Don't save up calories earlier in the day, but make your meal fit into your normal schedule.
Do not starve yourself before going out.
Avoid temptation by planning what you will order ahead of time.
Choose the restaurant carefully.
Check out restaurant menus online before you go.

RESTAURANT STRATEGIES: BEFORE YOUR MEAL ARRIVES
Feel free to make special requests, like sauces on the side.
Think portion control at all times.
Just say no to complimentary bread baskets, tortilla chips or fried noodles.
Change your focus from "getting your money's worth" to enjoying the entire dining experience.
Position your mindset before you enter a restaurant that YOU are in charge of what you eat.

WORRY-FREE RESTAURANT EATING
Pace yourself; eat slowly and put your utensil down between bites, take frequent beverage sips, and try to be the last one to finish.
Ask for a "to go" container up front.
Leave food on your plate.
Signal the waitperson to remove your plate as soon as you're finished.

REDEFINE FULLNESS
Don't equate a bloated feeling or clean plate with fullness.
Give your stomach time to tell your brain it's full (approximately 20 minutes).

SAVOR THE EXPERIENCE!
Try noticing the sights, smells and music in the air.
Appreciate being waited on and not having to cook or clean up.
Enjoy yourself! Dining out is a special treat, so savor every bite until you're comfortably satisfied, but not uncomfortably stuffed!