A day spent at the mall shopping is a favorite activity among many women. The only downside are all those wonderful smells coming from the food court. The corn dogs, hamburgers, fresh baked cookies and pizza can be enough to make you drool. Is it possible to stick to your diet when you’re surrounded by wonderful smells? Of course it is. All you need to do is follow a few simple tips to win this weight loss game.
Scout Out Your Options
The night before heading to the mall, visit the malls website and look at the restaurant options available. Knowing which restaurants are available gives you an advantage. Once you know what’s available, you can start thinking about the healthy choices each restaurant has. If you want even more information, visit the websites of the available restaurants and check the nutrition information of each food. Select a few options or settle on one meal option to make things even easier. If you decide on more than one option, write them down. That way you can remember which restaurants had the healthiest choices.
Don’t Enter the Mall Unprepared
It can be tempting to get up and hit the mall without stopping for breakfast, but that’s a bad idea. Skipping breakfast can leave you feeling famished after a couple hours of shopping. Without thinking, you can end up grabbing the closest food to you. Instead of rushing out the door, take time to have a healthy breakfast of fresh fruit and whole grain cereal. It’s a quick breakfast that will keep your full and energized.
Look for Leans Meats and Vegetables
If your mall doesn’t have a website, you may have to wing the food court. That’s not a problem. The key is to look for restaurants that offer fresh vegetables and lean meats. Some Chinese restaurants offer steamed vegetables tossed with lean meats, but you have to make sure they aren’t loaded with oil or other fats. Another option is sandwich shops. A restaurant like Subway gives you the chance to build a sandwich filled with healthy, low fat ingredients. Last, but not least, use your diet knowledge. If you have to choose a fast food restaurant, think about the options. For example, chicken isn’t always the best option, especially when it’s fried. Sometimes a regular hamburger is actually the healthier option.
Choose a Dessert Carefully
Chances are you’ll be lured into buying a dessert. After all, most malls are loaded with delicious options. Your don’t have to ruin your diet though. There are healthy options. Fat free frozen yogurt is a great choice for almost any diet. Another option is a low fat fruit smoothie, especially one that allows you to choose the ingredients and supplements. Last, but not least, consider an iced coffee. An iced coffee with low fat milk is refreshing and low in calories.
Walk It Off
No matter what you eat in the food court, take this chance to get in some more exercise. The mall is a great place to workout. Whether you’re walking up the escalator or toting heavy shopping bags, you can burn off that food court meal before going home. Some malls even have gyms. If you have a bit of extra time, try to fit in a workout before heading home. If you’re being this healthy while shopping, you’ll have an excuse to go to the mall more often.