25 Easy Little Ways to Cut Calories from Restaurant Meals

When it comes to weight loss, sometimes it’s the smallest changes that really add up to substantial and long-lasting results. Choosing healthier snacks, parking further away, walking on breaks, swapping healthier foods into your diet and even making small tweaks to your restaurant meals can all be easy, gradual changes that add up to a healthier lifestyle.

Next time you head out to eat at a restaurant, try incorporating some of these suggestions to cut calories for weight loss:

  • Order water or iced tea instead of soda or juice.
  • Request dressing or sauce on the side and use only half the amount.
  • Choose steamed over sautéed veggies.
  • Order a chicken breast instead of a chicken thigh or leg.
  • Request no croutons on your salad.
  • Choose a burrito bowl instead of a traditional tortilla-wrapped burrito.
  • Request less cheese on your pizzas and sandwiches.
  • Opt for a lettuce wrap instead of a hamburger bun.
  • Ask for double veggies in place of rice pilaf, potatoes or fries.
  • Request less cheese on your salad.
  • Skip the chips at Mexican restaurants.
  • Request no oil or butter used on burger buns or grilled sandwich bread.
  • Replace the pepperoni or sausage on your pizza with chicken or veggies.
  • Order grilled choices instead of fried.
  • Choose whole beans over refried.
  • Order thin crust instead of classic pan crust pizza.
  • Flavor salad with vinegar instead of a creamy dressing like ranch or blue cheese.
  • Follow the “rule of two” (just two indulgences instead of an entirely indulgent meal).
  • Replace syrup with fresh fruit on pancakes and waffles.
  • Order sorbet instead of ice cream.
  • Swap your glass of wine with a wine spritzer.
  • Replace grilled and sautéed veggies on your burger with fresh veggies.
  • Request egg whites in place of whole eggs.
  • Opt for soft tacos instead of crispy tacos at Mexican restaurants.
  • Order a green salad instead of a Caesar salad.

What small tweaks do you make to cut calories in restaurant meals for weight loss?

Many restaurants now provide nutrition information to help guests make the best decisions for their health goals. Try comparing the calories in several menu choices to help you find lower calorie options that you can enjoy. Healthy Dining picks meet strict calorie limits and are recommended by dietitians for their delicious and diet-friendly appeal.