How to Eat Out Italian -- Weight Loss Style

Italian Style Chicken Paillard with Arugula Salad

At the beginning of the year, you pledged to start eating healthier in order to lose weight. Thankfully, for the first time in your life, you’ve kept your New Year’s Day resolution. While you’re loving your new, leaner body, you hate not being able to eat at your favorite, Italian restaurants. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Many dieters mistakenly feel they can’t visit their preferred restaurants without sacrificing their weight loss goals. Fortunately, you can indulge in Italian food occasionally without derailing your diet. To keep calories in check, consider ordering the following, diet friendly foods during your next visit to an Italian eatery.

Chicken Paillard

This dish typically consists of a boneless chicken breast that's been pounded into a thin cutlet, grilled, topped with a bed of arugula, lemon, and olive oil. Pairing this dish with a side of grilled, cherry tomatoes makes a beautiful, plate presentation. The flavors are fresh and simple yet exciting.

Minestrone Soup

Whenever your soul needs comforting, indulge in a bowl of steamy, minestrone soup. This tomato based concoction is packed with health benefiting fresh vegetables and beans. To satisfy your carb cravings, minestrone soup also contains a small amount of pasta.


Polenta is a fantastic, gluten-free alternative to regular pasta. When ordering this interesting dish, request it with only a small amount of shaved, Parmesan cheese on top. 

Vegetable Pizza

 When dieting, you might assume all types of pizza should be forbidden. However, a couple of slices of vegetable pizza won’t wreak havoc on your weight loss plan. When ordering vegetable pizza at an Italian restaurant, request thin, whole grain crust. Also, ask for your pizza to be prepared with only half the cheese normally used to make pizzas at the restaurant.

While dining at your favorite Italian restaurants while dieting can be challenging, it is totally possible. To stay in shape while savoring delicious, Italian foods, follow the aforementioned tips.


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