Can I dine out while on the OPTAVIA Program?

Special occasion meals are easier to handle than you may think! Simply rearrange your Fueling routine (if necessary) so that you can enjoy your Lean & Green meal at your breakfast meeting, family brunch, awards banquet, family dinner at a restaurant - or virtually any special occasion involving food!

When dining out, you should have your typical Lean & Green meal consisting of 5 to 7 ounces cooked lean protein, 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables, and 0-2 servings of healthy fats depending on your lean choices. Request that your meat be prepared/served without sauces and/or added fats; switch out starchy vegetable options (like potatoes) for lower carbohydrate choices (like steamed broccoli or green beans). Ask your server to skip the breadbasket or bowl of chips, and always get your salad dressing on the side.

Our Dining Out Guide has specific Lean & Green meal menu recommendations at popular fast-food and sit-down restaurants as well as additional tips on how to make healthy choices when dining out.

If you can't avoid eating something that isn't part of the lean and green meal, it may raise your daily calorie intake - but you can get back on your OPTAVIA plan starting with your next meal. It is still best not to skip meals, even when you think you may have over-eaten. Resume your plan as soon as you are able.

As an alternative, you can bring along a Fueling when you dine out and ask the waiter for hot or cold water (depending on what you are eating) to mix with your Fueling. Then simply prepare your Fueling and eat it with everyone else!

As you can see, you have several options. Be sure to talk to your independent OPTAVIA Coach for additional support and guidance.