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How does eating out affect weight?

Americans now eat a third of their meals away from home, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) research. As that number has climbed, so has our weight. Restaurant and fast-food fare tends to be higher in calories, fat, and sodium than home cooking.

Make cooking a priority. It's one of the best things you can do for your weight. When you do eat out, choose simply prepared foods, such as salads and steamed or sautéed veggies, with dressing on the side.

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

A typical restaurant meal can add up to 1000 to 2000 calories. If you eat out regularly the additional calorie intake can certainly affect your weight. Many restaurants are offering nutrient information either on their website or at the restaurant. It is helpful if you can do a little homework to check out your best food choices at the restaurant before ordering your meal. Remember that you are the customer, so if you state a preference on food preparation or substitutions, most restaurants will abide by your request, you just have to ask.

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