Your Diet and Dining Out

Eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to wreck your diet, if you just put your mind to it.

Obesity is on the rise in America and dining in restaurants may be a factor. People who dine out more often tend to eat more calories and fat.

A new study found that middle-aged women can eat out just as often without putting on weight.

The women, ages 40-59, took six classes that showed them how to make good choices in restaurants. They learned how to use calorie information to guide their selections and how to stick to reasonable portion sizes. They also learned how to eat mindfully. This means fully focusing on a food to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Over six weeks, the women dined out as much as usual, but lost more than three pounds on average.

To eat mindfully during your next restaurant meal:

• Have a seat. You can appreciate your food more if you’re not eating on the run.
• Avoid distractions. If the restaurant has a TV or other distractions, try to sit away from them.
• Pay attention to how you feel while eating. Appreciate the food’s flavor and texture and keep tabs on when you feel full and should stop eating.

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