Have a full glass of water or iced tea or a beverage that’s not very sweet, before you order .
It’ll help digest your meal and also fill you up a bit, so you don’t feel as hungry.
Before your main course, order a soup, and try to have a salad for your main course.
When ordering soup, remember that a cream-based soup is more fattening than a clear soup. Ask for that instead. The same way, cream based-sauces, used in pasta or other dishes, are higher in calories than tomato-based ones.
Try to order before other people do, and if you’re not having a salad for your main course, try and split it with someone.
Have breadsticks instead of bread – they help you avoid oil and butter.
Have a big lunch.
It keeps you full for the major part of the day and gets digested more easily, so you can have a light dinner and feel full more quickly if you’re dining out. Also remember to eat slowly, and stop when you’re full.
Avoid cakes, pastries and ice cream – have fruits for dessert.