Easiest Way to Eat Less When Dining Out

It’s hard to stick to your diet when you are dining in a restaurant.  Even if you are not trying to lose weight, just trying to get out the door without feeling too full can be challenging.  So what’s the easiest way to eat less when dining out?  Try to order (and eat!) smaller portion sizes.

What’s the Right Portion Size?

Use our guide to eat the right amount.

Use our guide to eat the right amount.

Ordering the right amount of food can be a tricky process.  For example, a restaurant may offer more than one size of the food that you like.  A menu description of spaghetti, for example, may list both an appetizer size and an entree size.  Most people would assume that the entree size is the amount that they should eat if they are eating that food as their main dish.  But in many cases that assumption is wrong.

Menu Descriptions Can Be Deceiving

A recent study conducted at Cornell University found that menu descriptions played a significant role in helping people to determine how much food to eat.  But those menu descriptions are not regulated and they shouldn’t be used when you’re deciding how much food to eat.  A “small” serving of pasta salad could easily have more calories than an “entree” sized serving of baked fish.

So what’s your best bet for smarter dining?  Use the North Memorial Guide for Estimating Food Portions.  Download the sheet and take it with you until you are familiar with the proper portion sizes of different foods.  If the food that you order is bigger than a single portion, ask your server to pack it up for later.

Have you checked out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website?  It’s a great source of easy tips for healthy eating, exercise and diet support.  You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

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