Restaurant Food – Friend Or Foe?

January 21, 2016


Many people who are dieting have often stumbled upon the problem known as eating out. Dinning in restaurants can be pretty difficult if you’re following a strict diet, and the latest research tells us exactly why.


Contrary to popular belief, the difficult part of eating at restaurants while following a diet doesn’t actually lie in finding the right foods, but in the portion sizes.

As the new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics claim, over 90% of the meals you can have at any given restaurant are served at portion sizes that far exceeded the recommended calorie intake for an adult.

Susan B. Roberts, PhD, the lead author of the study, said: “These findings make it clear that making healthy choices while eating out is difficult because the combination of tempting options and excessive portions often overwhelm our self-control.

The research analyzed a total of 120 restaurants in the USA over the span of four years and found that most of the meals served in these restaurants are much bigger than they’re supposed to be. So the next time you think “Oh, I’m just going to have one serving of this or that,” remember what size the portions are and if that would actually be a healthy choice.

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