We all know it can be difficult to stay on track with the diet over the weekend, the pull of a nice, sugar and fat rich takeaway is often too much to resist. And let's face it, if you've been disciplined and eaten well all week then there's no reason why you can't enjoy a little indulgence from time to time. But should these indulgences turn into more frequent affairs, then here are a few ways to make small but effective changes to save your waist line.
1.) From a calorie perspective, limit foods that come with a creamy sauce. Pasta Carbonara, Korma curries, lasagne and other béchamel sauce pasta dishes are examples of high fat, calorie dense menu choices. For healthier alternatives, keep your eyes peeled for a tomato based sauce, or dishes that are seasoned rather than cooked in a load of butter and cream.
2.) Beware of hidden sugars, Chinese food is a prime example of indulgent sugar packed grub! The British interpretation of Chinese cuisine delivers a caramelised sugar, MSG packed mixture of classics like Kung Pau chicken, Crispy shredded beef, sticky BBQ sauce ribs, and chicken balls smothered in sugar laden sweet and sour sauce!
Tip: To limit the sugar content of your meal consider trying a Chow Mein, or a chicken and noodle/ vegetable soup option. Some of the lowest sugar soups are hot ‘n’ sour soup and egg drop soup, give them a try. You can also get a nice stir fried veg, a plain or egg fried rice to go with a beef and tomato dish…job done!
Tip: As a rule of thumb, for Indian takeaways think fat, and for Chinese takeaways think sugar. Trouble is, they’re both usually high in salt, so eat sparingly.