Even if you carefully follow your eating plan recommendations at home, it is often more difficult to follow them when dining out. Here are some easy to follow tips to help you stick to your eating plan:

1. Choose restaurants that serve such healthful entrees as baked or broiled chicken or fish.
2. Be POLITE but ASSERTIVE when ordering meals. If asked, many restaurants will prepare foods as you request - broiled instead of fried, for example.
3. Avoid foods that have been deep-fried in fat.
4. Have sauces and salad dressing served on the side. This will let you limit the size of portions.
5. Oriental restaurants can be good choices. Order dishes that feature small portions of chicken, fish, or lean meat, stir fried with vegetables in small amounts of oil.
6. Italian restaurants can also be wise choices. Pasta with tomato sauce is a filling low-fat meal. Avoid high fat cheeses, sausages, and fatty cuts of meat.
7. At delicatessens, choose a sliced turkey or lean roast beef sandwich rather than high fat sandwich meats and cheeses. Choose coleslaw or sliced tomatoes, instead of fries or chips.
8. Even at fast - food restaurants, you can find relatively low - fat choices. Unfortunately their fish and chicken are usually deep - fried in saturated fat. Try a small broiled hamburger, grilled chicken, a roast beef sandwich or salad.
9. Eat a low - fat snack before going to a party or a buffet where there will be a lot of high fat food. This will curb your appetite and help prevent overeating.
10. When dining with friends, it may be difficult to refuse high - fat foods. Eat small amounts of these foods and concentrate on the low - fat foods offered. With good friends, discuss your diet in advance. Don't be surprised if your hosts are also concerned about cholesterol.
11. When traveling by plane, request a low - fat, low - cholesterol meal when you order your ticket. Many airlines will honor your request.

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