The Keto Restaurant Guide
How To Eat Out & Stay Within The Lifestyle
Want to enjoy a meal out but still stay keto? Any restaurant can be a keto restaurant if you know what to order and what to avoid. This guide contains:
This keto diet restaurant guide contains tips and strategies to help you enjoy your favorite restaurants without cheating your diet.
Eating out on a low-carb diet isn’t hard. The hard part is resisting all of those delicious foods that you can’t have until cheat day (Chicken McNuggets….).
Eating low-carb at a Mexican restaurant is basically the same as eating keto at a Japanese restaurant (just cheaper). You just need to stay low-carb/high-fat.
Let’s quickly cover some dos and don’ts.
12 Basic Tips Before Looking For Keto Restaurant Options:
No matter which place you find yourself in, you almost always CAN EAT:
On the flip side, you MUST NOT EAT:
3 Tips for Eating Out on Keto:
It's Not All About The Restaurants
We’ve found the following 3 tips to be the most successful in letting us go out to eat without cheating your hard-earned diet:
1. Avoid Temptation
People respond to choices. If the Chicken McNuggets are staring you in the face, you’ll most likely give in and indulge. If you don’t set foot in a McDonald’s, you won’t have this problem. Here are two ways that have proven to work for us:
2. Eat Before You Go
Having a snack before you go will help you avoid overindulging. It will especially cut back on that ravenous empty-stomach temptation that usually does us all in.
Now you’ll be able to eat your burger without the bun and not worry about being hungry.
3. Question Everything
Don’t be afraid to ask. Everything that comes with your dish isn’t normally included on the menu. A few questions to keep in mind are:
Don’t worry about being annoying. It’s your food, and you deserve to get what you want if you’re paying.
Our Keto Restaurant Favorites
(Where to Go and What to Order)
We put together this quick keto diet restaurant guide to meals by cuisine so you don’t struggle to choose. Let’s start with our favorite:
1. Thai Food
Spicy, tasty, and full of rice and noodles, too much pad Thai will pad the waste. It’s hard, but stay away from rice and any kind of noodle (including wheat). Be sure to inquire what they make the sauce with. Stick to:
Low carb at Mexican restaurants is surprisingly easy. Just avoid rice and ditch the tacos and tortillas (eat what’s inside instead).
Every sushi restaurant is a keto sushi restaurant. Just avoid rice. Sounds difficult, but it isn’t.
Keto BBQ restaurants are a bit harder to come by. You’re going to have to get creative and have a lot of self discipline. ORDER YOUR SAUCE ON THE SIDE.
You have to be very vigilant at Indian restaurants. Even though their food can be incredibly healthy, most restaurants sugar their curries to death. Ask about ingredients and try to eat the sauce portion sparingly. Say no to naan.
6. Mediterranean (Lebanese, Greek, Turkish)
Is there anything better than coming home late from a night out and getting kebab? Thankfully, this is one of the best options when you’re on the diet. And the most delicious late night snacks are actually the best foods for your diet. Just remember to eat the meat only and get your sauce on the side. No couscous or other starchy foods.
Pizza, pasta, and mouthwatering bread straight from a coal-fired oven? Bellissima. Too bad you have to skip it!
But that doesn't mean you can’t go at all. Just check before to make sure there’s something you can eat. Remember to stick to meat and salads and avoid, well, literally everything else. In our opinion, you should try to avoid going to most Italian joints at all times.
Of course, make sure they aren’t breaded.
8. Pubs and Sports Bars
Almost every pub will have something for you. As long as you toss the bun, you should be good.
9. Spanish Restaurants
Heading out to a Tapas bar for some wine? Here’s what to eat with it:
Just because you’re on the lifestyle doesn’t mean you are doomed to staying home while everyone enjoys a night out. Use this keto friendly restaurant guide to stay in ketosis no matter where you go to eat.