Skip the free bread basket: If you have to munch on something while you wait for your order, ask for a plate of raw vegetables or some breadsticks.
Ask for an extra serving of vegetables on the side: No, not the usual garnish like vegetables. When ordering, ask for three to four times the normal serving of veggies, and offer to pay extra.
Skip the fancy drinks: If you are in the mood for an alcoholic drink, keep the margaritas and pina coladas aside. They include sugary additions that only add calories. Opt for a glass of wine instead or for a light beer instead.
Always opt for sauteed or steamed over batter-fried and deep-fried bites: Scan the menu well, and go in for the stir fried or steamed variety at all times. For instance, dumplings over wantons, stir fried chicken over a greasy Kung Pao chicken.
Choose white over red meats: Chicken is a great option when you are dining out. Keep the lamb for another day.