Expert advice, Nutrition
Ordering-in While Trying To Lose Weight Or Maintain Weight Loss

Shalini Manglani

Nutrition Advisory

3 min read

 
Order and drink two glasses/two cups

If two glasses are too much every time you open the Swiggy or Zomato app! Don’t order smoothies (unless they are a meal for you) drinks, juices, soft drinks- even if they are free. Only plain water is allowed.

Do not scan menus excessively of food apps

Do not scan menus excessively of food apps

Unless you can resist the temptation to over-order. Pick vegetables, some protein and a small portion of grain. Check if grain and veggies are included in the dish, so you don’t over order. The first thing you must order is the vegetables- grilled, tava, sautéd, stir-fried, steamed or baked. Avoid fried food.

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If the food seems like more than what is recommended for you-pack it away and refrigerate

For the next meal or share it with someone needy outside the house, make a note of the portion size from that particular place for future reference.

Pick vegetables, some protein and a small portion of grain. Check if grain and veggies are included in the dish, so you don’t over order.

Refocus

Refocus

Shift UR attention to other things besides the food in front of you when it arrives. Focus on the people you are with, the ambience, the music, the discussions, make a conscious effort to do this. If you are alone, pray, eat peacefully and enjoy the food without any distractions. No TV or movie or chatting while eating.

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Nothing is calorie-free

Dips, oily chutneys, crisps all count as food and they aren’t calorie-free.

Put your spoon down

Put your spoon down

Between every bite to savour every bite and flavour, don’t rush eating.

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Remember that restaurants usually use more oil/butter

Make sure you reduce your portion sizes when you order in.

Avoid eating the freebies

Avoid eating the freebies

These freebies usually come with the food if any- sauces, dips, bread rolls, pickles, papads, olives, nuts and crisps or count them into your food intake for that meal.

Have a light soup or buttermilk

You can have them with your meal, so you eat less.

Have a general idea about what you plan to eat

Have a general idea about what you plan to eat

 Before you order try and go through the menu so you have an idea of what you can order and eat.

Say a prayer of gratitude

Before you start your meal show some gratitude, as many face hunger.

Do not order dessert

Do not order dessert

Unless you can share with people and you end up with one or two teaspoons. Fight the temptation.

Compensate through the day before a big meal

Compensate even the next day if required.

Eat light in the week

Eat light in the week

If you plan to cheat on one meal a week instead of ordering sensibly throughout the week.

Make sure you have ur meals and snacks early during the day

Try eating UR meals early during the day and make sure they are small in size.

Add an extra walk if you have eaten out

Add an extra walk if you have eaten out

This will help you burn calories and stay fit.

Compensate on the meal before or after

You can’t have the best of both worlds. The mantra is to stick by is a heavy breakfast, medium lunch, early and light dinner.

Don’t order in if you can’t manage the excess food that hits your senses.

Don’t order in if you can’t manage the excess food that hits your senses.

Who doesn’t like to indulge in eating junk food? But, it is best to be smart and pre-plan UR meals ahead of time.

Delete food delivery apps

If you feel you might not be able to resist temptation, it is best to delete the apps which make you give in to food cravings.

Decide how many times a day you will order in. Do not let it be an all-day activity.

Decide how many times a day you will order in. Do not let it be an all-day activity.

Imagine how long it would take to clean up the kitchen if you had to do it yourself.

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