How to order skinny

Expert advice to cut out the carbs and calories

Ahlaam Ali of weight-loss consultancy Powwer Eat reveals her top tips for avoiding a calorific catastrophe on your next night out.

• The first rule of thumb is to avoid the buffet – always order a la carte. Buffets are bad news for portion control.

• Avoid the bread basket and butter – if you want to nibble, ask for vegetable crudites with hummus or moutabal, or no dip at all.

• Order a salad full of colourful vegetables as a starter, but ask for the dressing on the side. Choose vinaigrette over a creamy Thousand Island, ranch or cheesy dressing.

• When ordering your main course, choose dishes that are grilled, baked, barbecued or pan-fried.

• For all courses, avoid white or cheesy sauces, and opt instead for tomato-based options.

• If you can, order green tea instead of grape beverages, fruit juice or soda. Sip the green tea throughout the meal – it aids digestion.

• When you get to dessert avoid cheese and rich cakes and go for a sorbet.

If you order ice-cream, ask for extra spoons so you can share it with others and divide out the calories.

• Spend time looking through the menu and weighing up your options – most fine-dining restaurants are happy to answer questions about the ingredients, and will modify them to suit your needs, for example steaming vegetables instead of sautéing them in butter.

View 20 delicious low calories dishes in Dubai
View Cutting calories by cuisine

Dubai’s popular Italian joint is getting a “cheesy facelift”

Don't miss last remaining places in 5,000-strong ambassador team

Entering couldn’t be easier…

Sponsored: Tickets to the five-day festival of music and culture are now on sale

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai launches exclusive new club

A kid accidentally calls in the universe’s deadliest hunter, the world’s clumsiest spy is out to save the world again and Blake Lively has a ‘simple’ favour to ask


Follow us