Restaurants want to give you more for your money, but the portions they serve are often much more than anyone should eat in one sitting! Restaurant foods also tend to be overloaded with salt, fat, sugar and calories, which can lead to weight gain. You can cut calories before they arrive at the table by foregoing the bread basket, asking for a child’s size or half order, or by making your own meal out of side salads, soups, steamed veggies and appetizers. If you do get a full-size entree, listen to your body’s natural cues and stop eating when you’re full.
It’s important not to overindulge simply because you’re eating out; enjoy the portions and meal choices that you would normally eat at home.