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Can I Still Eat Chinese Food When I'm Dieting?

Posted on February 13, 2008 by Glenny's There have been 23 comment(s)

Hi Glenny's Fans,

I love Chinese Food, probably way too much. Can I still eat Chinese if I'm dieting? What are my best bets when it comes to Chinese food? I hope I don't have to give it up. Thanks for any advice.


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23 Responses to Can I Still Eat Chinese Food When I'm Dieting?

  • Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Yeah, you need to be careful with Chinese food, some of the dishes can have at least 1,000 calories. But, that doesn't mean you have to give it up. Be sure to stay away from ordering dishes that are breaded, fried or coated in flour. Stay with simple meats, and veggies and order them steamed with the sauce on the side. By the way, fortune cookies are usually only 25-30 calories each (and no fat)!

    Posted on February 13, 2008 at 8:12 am

  • Lana
    Lana says:

    Yeah, I've always wondered about teriyaki chicken and plain fried rice. That's my favorite dish, but the sauce on the chicken skewers worries me. I don't know of any way to find out the amount of calories and fat in these Chinese dishes. So I have no idea what it's doing to my diet.

    Posted on February 14, 2008 at 3:22 am

  • Carmella

    I LOVE Chinese, most places offer a Lite or Weight Watcher menu. I always go with steamed chicken, mixed veggies, brown rice and steamed vegggie dumplings. The also offer low cal sauces. I always get the garlic. Just stayed away fried dishes. ENJOY!!!!

    Posted on February 14, 2008 at 3:47 am

  • BJC
    BJC says:

    Definitely! However, I have a few suggestions: Steamed Veggies and lean Protein, sauce on side, brown rice if they have it (steamed of course), broth based soup, plenty of spices (garlic, ginger, mustard seeds), and a fortune cookie.

    Posted on February 14, 2008 at 11:24 am

  • lisa
    lisa says:

    egg drop soup is not bad
    i try to limit myself when it comes
    to egg rolls and spare ribs.
    i cannot resist general tso's shrimp.
    try to get nutritional info.

    Posted on February 21, 2008 at 3:25 am

  • vivian
    vivian says:

    I have always found that no matter how sparingly I eat Chinese food means I will weigh 2 pounds more the next day. However, two days later I will have returned to my normal weight.

    I am just glad that I don't especially like Chinese food!

    Posted on February 28, 2008 at 8:12 pm

  • Scott
    Scott says:

    One thing about white rice(and all other starches). While it seems innocent enough, rice(and other starches, like potatoes) metabolize to pure sugar. Keep that in mind the next time you think of rice as a 'low cal' alternative.

    Of course, "Chinese" food comes in many, many ethnicities. Depending on where you get it, it could be Vietnamese-Chinese, Thai-Chinese, Japanese-Chinese, Korean-Chinese etc. Even in the same genre it can vary pretty wildly. Some restaurants use a lot of sugars in their cooking, and a TON of frying. How they're cooking it makes just as much difference as WHAT they're cooking. Many places offer lots of steamed vegetables(which are good for you, regardless of diet) and prepare their dishes in a more health-concious manner.

    Even in the worst case though, if you can't find any 'healthy' Chinese where you are I think that as long as you enjoy in moderation it should not be that bad. In fact, eating 5 smaller meals in a day is better for you than eating two or three 'average' size meals. Gets your metabolism up and running and your body can process the food better. Good points by all. Best of luck to you,

    Posted on March 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

  • Tyreek
    Tyreek says:

    I have found a way to lose weight and eat Chinese food. As others have stated, stay away from the breaded, fried, and syrupy(General Tso/Sesame ect) items

    Yeah, that takes away most of the pleasure, but hey... General Tso probably didn't look good in a pair of fitted jeans either. Here's what I do..

    Hot & Sour soup is low in fat usually, and lower carb, go for that . Stick with veggie/meat combos with lighter sauce and ask the restaurant if they could cook the food with little or no oil. Usually they will comply. Here's the biggie !! DON'T eat the rice. Don't even let them put it in the bag. If you are getting takeout, replace the rice on your plate with salad !!! It's GREAT... I get a bag of pre-mixed salad, dump it on the plate, then load my chinese dish on top of that... Along with the Hot & Soup , Miso (very low fat/carb), or moderate amounts of Won-Ton or Egg Drop, you have a lower fat, lower carb meal that you can eat once or twice a week... NOT everyday!!!

    Buffet: This one's hard... All of the food is pre-prepared so you really can't ask for modifications. Still.. If you're out with friends , or need a quick lunch, choose a buffet that has salad on the bar. Still stick with the veggie dishes, but pile LOTS of salad on the plate and use the food dishes sparingly.. You can even sneak a tiny bit of bad stuff, once you learn to control yourself, but not until then... Learn to LIKE the modified food, before hitting the buffet, then it will be easier to control yourself...

    I lost 70lbs eating this way in a year.... Along with exercise

    Posted on March 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

  • Teresa
    Teresa says:

    You can have items from the "diet" menu, or be creative with wisdom. If I eat Chinese, I ask for things like steamed veggies (usually brocolli) and chicken, with the brown/curry sauce on the side- hold the rice. I find that a big serving of the veggies with chicken keeps me full. The soups are nice, but I have witnessed one restaurant worker pouring many many tablespoons of salt into a pot of the soup broth before preparing my order. I was aghast, and I vowed not to ever buy the soup again. Lots of sodium. Also, I like the chow meins are good. Moderation, my friend!!

    Posted on March 28, 2008 at 10:35 am

  • Pat Pilla

    I was told from Weight Watches that if you go for Chinese food the best thing to order is Moo Shoo chicken or shrimp. You can eat half the portion with 2 wraps.

    It is mostly cabbage...and the sauce is on the side.

    Posted on April 17, 2008 at 10:41 am

  • marie
    marie says:

    I go to a buffet that offers a chef cooking your meals on a large slab. Therefore I take all the veggies I want, I add some lo mein noddles and the sauce that I want and depending on the day chicken or seafood, very little of that. I really pile on the veggies. I also heard the wontons (not the fried ones) are a good bet too.

    Posted on July 10, 2008 at 5:49 am

  • healthy
    healthy says:

    you can order steamed beef, chicken, tofu, and eat it with steamed vegetables and brown rice. a nutritionist told me that you can use 1-2 tbsp. of garlic sauce on the side. another idea is steamed vegetable dumplings.

    Posted on May 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

  • El
    El says:

    THINK. How many FAT Chinese people have you seen?

    Posted on June 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

  • El
    El says:

    How many FAT CHinese people do you see? Not many. Right.

    Posted on June 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  • deb
    deb says:

    Eat whatever sure eat the healthier things but hell if u want to eat an egg role and rice and noodles then eat it just everything in moderation lifes too short to worry about EVERYTHING u eat.

    Posted on July 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

  • -G
    -G says:

    I've lost so much weight just eating whatever I feel up for, I just focus on actually chewing my food slowly, savoring the flavors, and taking my time eating less. Get in the mindset that you don't need to sample everything in front of you; there will be plenty of other oppurtunities for you to eat again! My main focus is how many calories I'm eating and I tend to sway towards more natural items rather than fried/processed foods.

    Posted on July 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

  • kayo
    kayo says:

    hi my name is catherine and i love my currys. im on celebrity slim and lost 8 pound in a week my question is if you have the will power to do the diet sholud you be alloud springrolls and beef curries

    Posted on March 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  • Lynndeto

    no you cannot eat chinese and maintain a diet. all those chemicals will bloat you up. If you want to lose weight, don't eat take out. Eat fresh vegetables and grilled chicken. it doesnt taste as good as chinese food but looking good is more important. always.

    Posted on December 14, 2010 at 6:17 am

  • meagan
    meagan says:

    "how many fat chinese people have you seen?" Alot. Look up "growing obesity problem in China" with a larger middle class in China and the westernization of foods, the simplistic veggie dishes are becoming more processed and turning, literally, into the American version of what we think is Chinese food. People in China are also able to afford foods now that dont malnourish them. China was considered a skinny country because half of them used to not be able to eat!! Long and short version; eat the veggiessteamed hold the sauces.

    Posted on April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  • rock hill dentist

    I have the same problem, I love it but sometimes the menu small with not a lot of choices and it's really hard to find something that is not fried!

    Posted on November 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

  • jojo mgregor

    i love chinese but i love special fried rice can i eat it?

    Posted on June 9, 2012 at 4:13 am

  • jojo mgregor

    i like cheese and merde

    Posted on June 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

  • Jeffrey Runey@ChineseFood

    Fried chicken was delicious, but that's about it.

    Posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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