Tip #1: Don’t order when you’re starving Don’t leave ordering too late in the day. When you’re hungry your eyes will get bigger than your stomach, it’s a sure-fire way to end up with extra dumplings that just haveto be polished off. Tip #2: Keep an eye on your portions When your food is delivered, don’t eat straight out of the container as you won’t realise how much you’ve eaten until it’s too late. As soon as you order, put out the plates or bowls you normally use at home, ready for when the takeaway arrives. Then quickly portion your takeout into them before you dig in. Tip #3: Aim for nutritional balance in your order I’m not expecting that you’ll order a standard meat and three veg, but at least try to get a good mix of protein, carbs and good fats somewhere in your takeaway order. You can always find healthier choices on a takeaway menu if you know what to look for. Tip #4: Skip the fried foods Speaking of fats, I’m not here to tell you that you should kiss your spring rolls goodbye forever, but it’s important to know what meals will help you achieve your health goals and what will not. Then, it’s up to you to make an informed choice that’s right for you. Tip #5: Ditch the dessert Steer clear of the sweet options on the delivery menu, the good news is that these are usually pretty unsatisfying anyway, especially since they often arrive plastered to the top of the container! Of course, if you know you always crave something sweet at the end of your meal, make sure you have some sweet healthy snacks waiting for you in the fridge.
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