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The Problem With Dining Out While Counting Calories

Being on a caloric budget, or counting calories, is hard enough as it is; now add eating at restaurants into the mix and it becomes nearly impossible. Many people fear fast food as the ultimate calorie culprit, but in reality, sit down restaurants are the ones who do the worst things for your waistline. 

University of Toronto published a study on the nutritional information of food ordered from different sit down restaurant chains and shockingly discovered that the average meal served had 1,128 calories! (To put this into perspective, previous studies by the university showed that the average fast food meal contains only 881 calories.)

Dinner entrees weren’t the only culprits of belt-busting calories; the average lunch meal had over 1,000 calories while, surprisingly, breakfast meals packed in 1,226 calories. (Breakfast meals were also seen to be comparable portion wise to dinner meals.)

Aside from high calorie counts, the average sit down restaurant meal contained 151% of daily sodium, 89% of fat, and 60% of daily cholesterol intake. These numbers are astoundingly unhealthy; especially considering that the average person now eats 40% of their meals outside of the home. 

Additionally, the problem worsens because of our tendency to attempt to finish everything on our plate. This tendency is not our fault; it is rooted in the bygone days when most human’s were unsure when their next meal would be, so their instinct, (and, consequently our instinct as well) is to eat the food while it is there, even though “finding” food is not a problem for much of the western and modernized world. 

Moral of the story, prepare your own food as much as possible. When you prepare your own food, not only do you generally serve smaller portions, but you also make it fresh and with generally fresh ingredients and leave out all of the strange, artificial fillers that many restaurants, fast food and sit-down alike, put in many of their food products. Additionally, looking up calorie counts of meals prepared at restaurants before you go there to eat can give you an advantage when choosing a meal at a restaurant that is not required to post calorie counts. 

Sources:  ABC News

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