As people begin to build their annual list of New Year resolutions, many will undoubtedly have the desire to lose weight somewhere on there. However, the greatest struggle with losing weight is cutting out things one loves to eat — like excellent Tex-Mex at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina. The great news is, you can still lose weight and also enjoy the menu at Papa Lopez. Below is a strategy for doing just that, so you can keep your New Year’s resolution and lose that weight, without giving up one of your favorite restaurants.
Stick to the Light Menu Items
If you didn't know already, eating light means avoiding "heavier" foods like enchiladas, chile rellenos, stuffed jalapeños and nachos. Papa Lopez's Ensalada De Shrimp or the Ceviche would qualify as a light meal — dishes that are healthy and digest more efficiently without weighing you down. By choosing these lighter options whenever you dine out, you’ll begin to see a real difference!
Cut out the Soda
Sugar is one of the leading causes of weight gain. Foods high in sugar such as soda or sweet teas can sabotage your weight loss goals. If you simply cut soda out of your diet altogether, you may notice that the pounds will shed surprisingly quickly. Replace that fizzy beverage with something else lower in sugar like unsweetened iced tea, black coffee or (ideally) good old-fashioned water. This will also save you a surprising amount of money on each meal as well.
Know What Is and Isn't Healthy on the Menu
Learning about what you should and shouldn't eat if you want to lose weight is a critical piece to keeping up with your resolution. At first glance, fajitas might not seem like the healthiest option on the menu, but in reality, they can be very healthy if you eat them the right way; Order corn tortillas instead of flour (or no tortillas at all). Don’t load each fajita with cheese and sour cream; instead, eat the meat and vegetables with maybe a little salsa. There are a lot of empty calories that can be avoided in this meal, allowing you to have your fajitas and eat them too!
Portion control is another great way to avoid gaining weight. Rather than eating all of Papa’s Original Combination Platter, try eating just one taco and the enchilada, leaving the tamale and the other taco for another meal. Or consider splitting a Papa Lopez lunch special entree with someone at your table.
Don't Always Order Dessert
This goes back to the consuming sugar on a regular basis. Ordering dessert just adds a ton of sugar and empty calories to a meal that may have otherwise been very healthy. Don’t ruin it at the end. Skip dessert unless it’s a very special occasion!
Let us help you stay on track with your weight loss goals. Stop by Papa Lopez tonight to try one of our many delicious options!