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You CAN eat takeaway and lose weight – the best diet options from pizza to Chinese

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MOST people believe that when you’re on a diet a takeaway is well and truly off the cards.

However, a top diet expert has now debunked this myth – and revealed that you can still enjoy a takeaway and stay on track with your weight loss journey.

 There are some simple swaps you can make when ordering a takeaway to make sure you keep on track with your diet
There are some simple swaps you can make when ordering a takeaway to make sure you keep on track with your diet

In particular, Terri-Ann Nunns, diet expert and founder of the TerriAnn 123 Diet Plan, says no one should feel as though they’re depriving themselves when they’re dieting.

She says: “There’s absolutely no reason why you should feel as though you can’t enjoy yourself and that you need to miss out when you’re dieting.

“Life is short and we all deserve a tasty treat every now and then, as long as it’s part of a healthy balanced diet.

“You’ll actually find that just like most restaurants, many takeaways offer low calorie options that mean you can enjoy a takeaway whilst you’re on a diet.”

Here, Terri-Ann shares her advice for popular takeaways including items to avoid and items to enjoy…

Pizza

Pizza is always a popular option for a Saturday night treat – especially if you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy and share together.

The good news if you are dieting is that most takeaways now offer low calorie options, such as Pizza Hut’s new flatbread range.

Avoid deep pan and stuffed crust as they are very dense and carb heavy

Terri-Ann Nunns

The range is all under 650 calories and includes options such as chicken & pepperoni, BBQ steak & chicken and a veggie flatbread.

Domino’s are also diet friendly as they have introduced their new ‘Delight Range’ which has three varieties (Delight Chicken, Veggie or a create your own) that are all under 650 calories when you order the small size.

The main thing to bare in mind when ordering pizza is the base – opt for a flatbread or thin and crispy and avoid deep pan and stuffed crust as they are very dense and carb heavy.

Top tips to consider when ordering a takeaway

1. Watch out for dips

There are so many condiments on offer from takeaways, but this is where unwanted calories creep in. Shockingly, the Domino’s Garlic & Herb Big Dip contains 675 calories – which is often more than a whole meal can contain! It’s best to avoid these creamy based dips, such as mayo and sour cream & chive, as they are often more calorific. If you do like a dressing with your food, opt for BBQ sauce with just 29 calories per tbsp, ketchup which has 19 or sweet chilli sauce which has just 15.

2. Be mindful of your portion size

Often it’s easy to get carried away when ordering a takeaway, especially when it’s a treat you’ve been craving for so long! However, ensure you take your portion sizes into consideration. Most places offer small, medium and large sizes of dishes and if you’re looking to keep your calorie intake reduced it’s wise to opt for a small or medium portion. That way, you still get to have a tasty treat, just with fewer calories.

3. Avoid sauce based dishes

If you’re ordering an Indian or a Chinese, try to avoid anything that is heavy in sauce, especially creamy ones. Opt for a dish that mainly consists of meat, such as chicken tikka or tandoori chicken, and steer clear of anything that comes with a sauce as this is often where the ‘hidden calories’ tend to be.

4. Steer clear of sides

This is where people tend to over order and therefore, overeat. Try to avoid getting side dishes as they can really see your calorie intake pile up. If you do want something to accompany your meal go for a side of grilled vegetables or agree to share one with someone else so that you’re less likely to eat the whole dish.

5. Try and avoid a carb slump

Anything that’s heavily carb based such as deep pan pizzas, pastas and naan breads are best to avoid. They will leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable and are also very calorific.

Remember to be mindful of your portion sizes, most will offer an XL portion so try to opt for a small chips or grab a large and share them.

Also try and resist that bread bun to make a chip butty, as it will just result in a carb slump.

Top items to avoid: Jumbo & XL size portions, salt, batter, curry sauce, bread bun

Top items to enjoy: Fish cakes, mushy peas or beans, fish in breadcrumbs, small portions

Kebabs

If you’ve been for a few drinks on a Saturday your mind is bound to wander to getting a kebab on the way home!

If you do find yourself in this situation, try and make sure you don’t get too carried away when ordering. First of all, ensure you only get a small portion – that goes for chips and the kebab itself.

Opt for pitta bread with salad and fish or grilled meat as opposed to deep fried items.

Also, watch out for sauces – avoid anything creamy such as mayo or garlic sauce and go for chilli or BBQ if you feel you need some.

Top items to avoid: Jumbo & XL size portions, salt, batter, curry sauce, bread bun

Top items to enjoy: Fish cakes, mushy peas or beans, fish in breadcrumbs, small portions

Kebabs

If you’ve been for a few drinks on a Saturday your mind is bound to wander to getting a kebab on the way home!

If you do find yourself in this situation, try and make sure you don’t get too carried away when ordering. First of all, ensure you only get a small portion – that goes for chips and the kebab itself.

Opt for pitta bread with salad and fish or grilled meat as opposed to deep fried items.

Also, watch out for sauces – avoid anything creamy such as mayo or garlic sauce and go for chilli or BBQ if you feel you need some.

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