A 2010 study by the USDA's Economic Research Service found that dinner eaten out adds 144 calories to your daily intake. And it should come as no surprise that the National Restaurant Association found weekends to be the most popular days for dining out.
Order a salad (dressing on the side) or any kind of broth-(not cream-) based soup to start your meal. Both will fill you up for fewer calories, so you'll end up eating less of your main dish and saving calories overall, says McManus. It may not seem like a lot, but if you also ate lunch out that's another 158 calories--plus, any away-from-home snacks tack on about 107 calories each. It adds up. Prefer takeout? Keep a stack of menus from places that offer healthier options (like a sushi bar). Your body will thank you!
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