Jillian Michaels' Tips for Dining Out
Jillian Michaels talks a big game when it come to fitness and eating plans, so Rachael decides to challenge The Biggest Loser trainer to go to a burger restaurant and prove she can stick to her regimen when tempted by rich dishes. "I was put to the test!" Jillian jokes, while remaining confident. "There is no menu that I can not tackle." She admits she has some "big decisions" to make when she notices chicken pot pie on the list, but manages to stick to her goals by having a salad with dressing on the side, and salmon, steamed spinach and roasted asparagus. How did she avoid the more fattening options? Get all of Jillian's tips below!
Avoid artificial sweeteners in your tea. "Honey is a better option," Jillian says. "It has anti-bacterial properties; when used in moderation it can be good for you."
Order salad dressing on the side. "You will easily save well over half the calories, and it's not worth it to spend 200 calories on dressing," she says. "You know what else you can do? Get balsamic vinegar on the side. There's no calories in that and it's great for you."
Avoid foods that are fried or sauteed. Don't be afraid to ask the wait staff questions about healthy alternatives, such as requesting that a dish is steamed or grilled instead of fried.
Order veggies. "I always tell the contestants on The Biggest Loser that green vegetables are free," Jillian says. "Go bananas!"
Choose your calories carefully. Before heading to a restaurant, arm yourself with a pocket-sized calorie book or use your cell phone to track the calories in your meals. When you get the menu, Jillian suggests asking yourself a series of questions about the choices. "Stop and think it through," Jillian says. "Do I really want this? How will I feel after I eat it? Is it going to put me in a tailspin, am I going to regret my decision? Is it getting me closer to my ultimate goal?"
When it's time for dessert, even this fitness guru enjoys the occasional bite of cake. "I'm busted!" Jillian jokes, while noting it's fine to enjoy all things "in moderation."
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