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How to Eat Healthy at Restaurants

Not sure how to stay on track with your diet while eating out? We've got you covered with how to select the right food, what to look for on the menu and post-workout nutrition tips.

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Many people find it challenging to stay on track with their diets while eating out. This can make things difficult when you’re on the go and need to eat at a restaurant. Or you’re just tired of cooking every meal at home and want something convenient. We caught up with IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic to get his tips for a clean re-feed at a restaurant after he just got done with a 1,000-calorie workout!

Picking a Restaurant

I don’t eat out often but when I do it has to be clean food so I’m not breaking my dietary requirements. I look for places where I can order chicken, rice, salads. This way I don’t have to worry about ruining my prep or my physique goals.

Rules of Bodybuilding

When it comes to rules of bodybuilding, I like to keep things simple. Half of my plate is protein, and the other half is carbohydrates and vegetables. I’m always very into proteins because protein is the building block of muscle. If you are trying to get big you must eat your proteins. For me, veggies are free carbs, they get things moving and grooving, and they make me feel good.

Choosing Your Portions

When you’re at a restaurant there are tons of options, it’s up to you to decipher which ones will bring you closer or further from your goals. Protein is the most important thing, so I get something protein heavy like grilled salmon, chicken, or a steak. I get appetizers like lentil soup, which is high in protein and fiber, which is excellent. I’ll stay away from anything that is going to slow down my absorption of proteins like cheeses and mayonnaise. You’ve got to be able to read menus and decipher what’s good or bad for your goals.

 

Fuel up With Carbohydrates

Since I’m in the off-season and I’m mass building, I indulge in bread. There’s nothing wrong with bread, it’s just important to know when to eat it. Typically, I’ll have my bread at breakfast, pre-workout, or post-workout and nothing late at night.

 

The Importance of Variety

In the off-season you’ve got to have one or two restaurants that cook clean that you can lean on. Otherwise you’ll get tired of eating the same old chicken, turkey, and rice at home.

 

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