One of the toughest things that come with the Ketogenic diet is when you want to go out to eat. After all, finding food that’s low in carbs and Ketogenic friendly isn’t easy. This can make outings with friends restricted or not as fun.
But don’t despair. There are plenty of options for those who are on the Keto diet. These are all simple food you can find at most restaurants or at a friend’s house.
In order to avoid any processed food, which is likely to be loaded with carbs and sugar, you should stick to the basics. Try to order meats, cheese, and veggies. Don’t overdo it with the veggies though because they can also be a rich source of carbs. When it comes to ordering from a drive-thru, ask them to skip the bun so you can get only the pure ingredients but not the unnecessary carbs.
You should also avoid chicken wings and other fried foods that have been breaded. While you can peel off the breading but that kind of takes away most of the taste. You might as well just order regular chicken or meat.
Some folks just opt for the salad to save themselves the hassle. While this sounds like a good idea, it rarely is. Salads can be loaded with veggies that are high in carbs. The more leafy vegetables and berries, the more carbs you get. Try to stick to simple salads and try to not add too much dressing. If you can get some chicken or meat on that salad, that would be perfect.
Why cut back on dressing? Dressings are often loaded with sugar. If food tastes too stale without them, there are fatty dressings available that suit the Ketogenic diet. These include Caesar, ranch, and blue cheese. Try to stay away from other dressings because they could hurt your diet, especially in large amounts.
If it’s too overwhelming to look through the menu to see what works, try asking the waiter if they can have something specifically made for you. Since you’re on Keto, your demands won’t be too difficult to meet. Your food will probably be easier for the chef to make than the other stuff on the menu.
As a last resort, if you don’t know how much carbs are in something, don’t eat it. There are carbohydrates in a lot of the food that we eat and it’s likely that whatever it is on the menu has plenty of them. Don’t take the easy way out by thinking that it’s probably low carb and then proceed to eat it. If you keep doing this, then the progress of your weight loss will be quite slow.
Eating out is fun, and being on a diet shouldn’t change that. Also, don’t use Keto as an excuse to avoid hanging out with your friends. Just because you’re on a Ketogenic diet, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun dining out.