If you are trying to get toned arms, restaurants are your worst enemy. But let’s face it, a lot of our social life revolves around eating out—it’s inescapable. Thus, it’s unrealistic to say that you will never eat out when trying to get rid of flabby arms.
So what can you do if you find yourself in a restaurant ready to eat but don’t want your arms to blow up like balloons?
Well, in this article I am going to discuss 5 problems (and solutions) that you will encounter when eating out:
1. High fat protein sources. The more fat a piece of meat has, the tastier it will be. Thus, it’s in the restaurants best interest to serve up the fattiest cuts of meat so that you have the best tasting experience and come back for more, again and again. What can you do? Stick to lean sources of protein like chicken, poultry and tofu, and stay away from beef, lamb and pork. And definitely stay away from ribs and hot dogs as they tend to have the highest amounts of fat. As a final check, make sure that whatever you are ordering isn’t deep fried.
2. An abundance of refined carbohydrates. How many nice restaurants bring out a loaf of bread with butter before anything else? Or how about all those menus with endless pictures of glistening pasta dishes? Try to stick with whole grain sources, and if possible, only eat legumes (beans, lentils). And if you don’t want to go postal with the bread, eat a salad before it’s brought out. This will blunt your hunger and slow down digestion of the bread (less impact on insulin).
3. Low quality lettuce with calorically dense add-ons. Did you think ordering that salad was a healthy option? Salad-eater beware, seriously. The lettuce is most likely iceberg (not much better than water) and the dressing and cheese on top can have over 500 calories! I’m sorry, but I don’t care how much lettuce you eat, dressing and cheese are perfect arm flab food. What can you do? Look for spinach or lettuce mixes, have no more than 1tbsp of cheese and ask for dressing on the side that way you have control over how much gets put on the salad. And if you want to take it to the next level, use an olive oil vinaigrette as your dressing.
4. Your plate has a whole days worth of calories. Look up the nutritional information for some of the dishes you order. You’ll be floored by how many calories they have. The easiest solution here is to request a to go box before your food arrives. Then once you have it in front of you, shove half of it right into the box. Alternatively, you could share a meal with the person you are with. Trust me, if you are serious about getting lean and sculpted arms, do not eat a full course meal at a restaurant. All those calories will go straight to the arm jiggle.
5. Too much sodium. The human tongue loves salt, and restaurants know this. Ever wonder why you get so bloated after eating out? It’s not magic, it’s salt! There isn’t much you can do here because salt is usually added during preparation. However, you should not add additional salt once your food arrives and make sure to drink a ton of water afterwards to help your kidneys clear the excess.
Now I would like to point out that if you rarely eat at restaurants, the above will not make much of a difference. But if you are busy woman who eats out regularly, or a business type that is forced to have meal meetings, then you need to follow the above recommendations if you are serious about finally getting rid of that arm flab. We can’t stay locked away in our kitchens for the rest of our lives just to eat healthy and lose arm fat. So make sure you make the best of what you have whenever you are at a restaurant. And don’t miss part two of this article!
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