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How can I control my weight when I eat out?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Eating out frequently can be a real challenge for weight control. Restaurant meals are often much higher in fat and calories than meals made at home, and portions can be enormous. Here are some tips for controlling your weight while eating out:
  • Choose restaurants wisely. Find ones that offer healthier choices and allow you to make substitutions.
  • Practice portion control. It’s easy to overeat when your plate is brimming over with food. You can ask your waiter to save half your plate (in a take-home container) even before you start eating.
  • Don’t be shy about asking for changes. If the salad comes with fried chicken, see if you can get it with grilled chicken instead. Ask your waiter to leave the croutons off the salad.
  • Try a vegetarian meal from time to time.
  • For dessert, consider fresh fruit.
If you eat out often, start thinking of the meals as a regular part of your overall eating plan, rather than as occasions for splurging.

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