The Hungry Girl's Dining-Out Survival Guide

Eat healthy even at a restaurant with these easy-to-follow strategies from the Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien.

The Hungry Girl's Dining-Out Survival Guide

You don't always have to cook to maintain a healthy diet. Just keep these healthy eating tips and strategies in mind when eating out and you can enjoy your favorite dishes without gaining weight.

Do Your Research

Always check restaurant websites before you go. This way, you can prepare and plan ahead. With chains, the calorie counts are often listed, so you can see exactly what you’re getting with each dish. Even if the calorie counts aren't provided, you can check out the menu ahead of time and find the best choices.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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