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How to make a takeaway treat healthier for our wight-loss goals.

It's Friday and after a long week we often deserve a treat and a quick easy meal. Often this means a Friday night takeaway. However, takeaways often come with the reputation of being high in calories, loaded with unhealthy fats, and added sugars – not ideal for someone on a weight-loss journey. The good news is that you can still enjoy the convenience of takeaways while making smarter choices that align with your goals. Here are 10 expert tips to transform your take-away into a nutritious and weight-loss-friendly meal.

  1. Choose Lean Proteins and Mindful Carbs: Opt for dishes that feature lean proteins like grilled chicken, turkey, fish or tofu. These options are not only satisfying but also lower in calories and unhealthy fats. When it comes to carbohydrates, opt for whole grain choices like brown rice or whole wheat options instead of refined ones. Whole grains provide more nutrients and fibre, helping you feel full for longer.

  2. Go Light on Sauces and Condiments: Many takeaway dishes are drowned in sugary, fatty sauces. To take control of your meal's nutritional content, ask for sauces, dressings and condiments on the side. This way, you can add just the amount you need to enhance flavour without overloading on calories.

  3. Prioritise Vegetable-Packed Dishes: Look for dishes that are rich in vegetables. These fibre-filled powerhouses not only contribute to your daily nutrient intake but also help you feel satisfied while keeping your calorie count in check. Indian vegetarian options are often a good choice.

  4. Embrace Grilling and Steaming: Opt for dishes that are prepared using healthier cooking methods like grilling, steaming, baking or roasting. These methods minimise the need for added fats and keep the calorie content of your meal lower. Never be afraid to ask how the food is cooked and prepared.

  5. Mind Your Portions: Restaurants often serve larger portions than necessary. To avoid overeating, consider sharing your meal with a friend or immediately setting aside half of it to enjoy later. Portion control plays a significant role in managing calorie intake.

  6. Stay Hydrated with Water: Opt for water or other low-calorie beverages to accompany your takeaway. Sugary drinks can quickly add up in terms of calories, so choosing water is a smart move to support your weight-loss goals. Plus, drinking water will help you feel fuller.

  7. Customise Your Order: Don't be afraid to ask for modifications to your order. Request extra vegetables, lighter oils or reduced portions of certain ingredients. Many restaurants are accommodating when it comes to making your meal align with your preferences. Remember, they want your custom.

  8. Skip the Deep-Fried Options: Deep-fried foods might be tempting, but they can derail your weight-loss efforts. Avoid items that are fried and opt for healthier cooking methods instead.

  9. Practise Mindful Eating: Slow down and savor each bite. Eating mindfully helps you tune into your body's hunger and fullness cues, preventing overeating.

  10. Plan Ahead for Success: Check the menu online before placing your order. Planning ahead allows you to make a more informed decision about what to order, avoiding impulsive choices that might not align with your goals.

With a little thoughtful consideration and some strategic choices, you can enjoy a takeaway without sacrificing your weight-loss progress. By prioritising lean proteins, wholesome carbohydrates, vegetables and healthier cooking methods, you'll be able to savor your meal while staying on track with your goals.

Remember, the key to lasting weight-loss success is consistency and balance, both of which can be achieved even when indulging in the occasional takeaway treat.

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