Can I still eat out at restaurants and lose weight?

Can I still eat out at restaurants and lose weight?

Yes! You can eat out and still lose weight.

Adults who have lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off for over five years, occasionally eat out at restaurants. These are members of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).

On average:

  • They eat about three meals a week at restaurants.
  • They eat less than one of those meals from a fast food restaurant.

Make healthy restaurant choices

It’s important to make healthy choices when you go out to eat and control how much you eat.

Regardless of what you order, it’s important to use portion control to control your calories. Here are some tips for restaurant portion control.

Limit alcohol

Calories in alcohol can add up fast! Reduce your alcohol intake to cut calories. For example, you save 540 calories by turning down a margarita!

Klem, M.L., Wing, R.R., McGuire, M.T., Seagle, H.M., & Hill, J.O. A descriptive study of individuals successful at long-term maintenance of substantial weight loss. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1997; 66: 239-246.

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