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You Want To Lose Weight ? Stop Eating Out!!!!!!

I have never seen a population that eats out so much as in the U.S. Try cooking at home you know what goes into each meal, you control the portion size, and you control the caloric intake - hence healthier living, and weight loss.

Thu. May 24, 10:05am

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Or you could just do what a lot of people do when they are watching their weight but enjoy eating out - order sensibly.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 11:37 AM

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Part of losing weight is making lifestyle decisions, exercising, monitoring calorie intake, reducing fat, etc..
When you eat out you have no idea how the food is prepared. Eg: If you order the grilled chicken salad, you don't know what the chicken was grilled with (guarenteed it wasn't heart friendly olive oil). Even asking for salad dressing on the side doesn't help because odds are you will still pour the entire contents onto the salad.
Its interesting because I have been reading all these threads about people wanting to lose weight, they just don't seem to realize that it is not a quick fix.
Eating out really is an epidemic in America, hence so is obesity.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:41 PM

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I partially agree with you. Part of my plan is to stop wasting money at fast food places. The inside of my fridge looks very healthy, but I've gained weight because of the junk I buy outside.

The reason I say partially is because a lot of people can gain weight from home cooking as well. fried chicken, tacos, hamburgers, cakes, cookies and all that can be made from home. I recommend that people learn to eat and cook in healthy ways at home. Read books, magazines watch programs.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:42 PM

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It worked for Jarad with Subway! Eating out is fine as long as you make the right choices. A grilled chicken salad from a restaurant is still 100 times better than a burger and fries!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:44 PM

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To your point 12:42.
Part of it is educating yourself, but willpower and dicipline is also important.

And as far as the subway sandwiches are concerned, do you have any idea how much sodium is in the veggie sandwich? It still is not a healthy way of managing your life


Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:52 PM

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Absolutely. That grilled chicken could have been in sitting in a dish of butter or oil before they grilled it. It's been on the news. I just recently read a fitness magazine where a nutritionist caught up with 3 three women who thought they were eating healthy by eating a salad. The nutritionist calculated the calories in each salad and the numbers were like 600, 700-800 calories. If these women were on a calorie counting diet of 1200-1500, that salad would be half their day's worth. And YES sodium is one thing you can't control when you eat out.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 1:26 PM

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This is my achilles heel. I lovelovelove to eat out! i've always hated cooking and simply adore the fact that I can go to one of a number of nice buildings where friendly (mostly) people will ask what I would like to eat, prepare it and bring it to me and then do the dishes afterwards. I also enjoy meeting friends for meals out at least once a week and often 2-3 times a week.

The hardest part of losing weight has been learning to say 'no' to eating out. I just can't do it and lose weight. Oh I can eat out some, but not 2-3x a day and that's what I had been doing. When I look back, the miracle is that I didn't gain more weight! Yes, you *can* chose wisely when eating out which is how I'ven managed to conitnue losing weight while eating out 3-4 times a week, but I no longer eat out for almost every meal.

I had to learn to be a better cook though. If I'm going to eat at home I'm not going to give up gourmet food, lovely place settings and ambiance. So I went online and found/improvised a good set of nice, healthy dishes to prepare that are on par with most restaurants I go to. I take any leftovers for lunch and it hasn't been so bad. And my social life hasn't suffered either - my friends and I now have a new ritual where we regularly potluck at each other's houses and bring healthy entrees and salads. Come to find out we were all feeling the bite and it was a relief to everyone to lighten it up a bit. We still splurge on our fave restaurants from time to time, but now they're a special treat to mark a B-day or a new job or something like that and not a once-a-week thing.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 3:08 PM

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Eating Out is My Favorite Way to Diet!

I eat out for most meals and have found that I eat healthier when I eat out. As a single college student, it's impractical for me to have enough ingrediants on hand to eat healthy and with variety at home; every time I buy produce and fresh foods, they spoil before I can eat them. It's much more practical cost, time, and variety wise for me to just eat out.

The trick is that I only eat at places that publish the nutrition information for their food. An Asian chicken salad from Jack in the box is only 140 calories (without the add ons that I don't eat) and their low fat balsamic dressing is 40 calories for the entire packet. It's filling and has protein, lots of veggies, and fruit and is an entire meal for 180 calories!!! How can you beat that?! If I made that salad myself, I'd have to measure everything and would probably end up with a salad with way more calories.

Eating out can be EXCELLENT for managing calories because food is premeasured with published nutrition information!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 4:20 PM

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The chicken (or beef, or pork) can sit in a bowl of oil or butter until it goes on the grill.The oil / butter keeps it from sticking to the grill and more oil can be thrown on during cooking. Restaurants are more focused on getting it cooked quickly then measuring out how much oil it takes to cook it. And the oil is usually one of the trans fats (cheaper).

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 4:21 PM

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if you let chicken or beef or pork soak in oil or drench it in oil (or butter), then when you put it on the grill, the oil flames up, smokes and coats the meat with a layer of carbon. you can wipe off the black residue, but it's obvious what happened. this is not a normal or usual way to grill food. you're being a bit too alarmist. by the way, i have worked in restaurant kitchens for over 20 years, so i know what i'm talkling about. if the grill is hot enough, you don't need to use any oil or stick-release spray. it's only when your grill is not hot enough that you run into a problem with meat sticking. any pretty much anyone who works a grill station either knows this or learns it very quickly.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 4:26 PM

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