Order from the "Light" "Healthy" "Low Fat" Items on the Menu
Most restaurants will have these options on their menu (yes, even fast food chains). These items will often have their nutrition information listed and are often less in calories and fat, and/or prepared in with healthier methods than items on their regular menu.
Think About How It's Prepared
Grilled, boiled and baked items often will have less fat and calories than deep-fried, fried and breaded items on the menu.
Watch for Sauces!
Creamy sauces and dressings will often have more fat and calories than tomato or vinegar/oil based dressings. Remember that you can always ask for sauces and dressings on the side.
Box Half Your Meal Before it Arrives
Ask the server to doggie bag half your meal before it arrives to you at the table. Or, spilt an entrée with a friend instead of ordering your own.
Opt Out of Fancy Drinks
Stay away from mixed drinks and cocktails, which often have sugary additions that only add extra calories. Stick to a glass of wine, light beer, or hard liquor on water or ice. Remember, it is OK to indulge and order what you want once in a while. However, if you're dining out more often than not, these tips can help you eat smarter next time you're out!