Eating for Life

May 21, 2003

Tips for downsizing restaurant meals

Sixty-five percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese, and the nation's expanding midsection cuts across gender, age, race and ethnicity. Maintaining a healthy weight in the adult years can be an uphill battle.

Because eating out has become routine rather than a special occasion, here are some practical steps to avoid overindulging:

  • Ask for the smallest - not the biggest - portion size available.
  • Share an entree with a friend.
  • Eat bread with your meal rather than before the meal.
  • Make just one trip to the buffet table.
  • Never go hungry to a function serving food. Eat a small bowl of soup, a piece of fruit or a salad before you go to avoid the temptation to overeat.
  • Cut the serving in half; eat half now, save the rest for later.

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