7 Restaurant Mistakes Healthy People Make

Grilled this and blackened that: You think you're ordering diet-friendly fare, but calories have a way of sneaking into many "healthy" restaurant picks. Order wisely with these tips from top chefs and dietitians.

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Don't OD on olive oil

You feel oh-so-virtuous dipping your bread in olive oil, but dunking can be a waistline wrecker. "It's still all fat and it's calorie dense, and bread soaks it up like a sponge," says Wendy Bazilian, author of The SuperFoods Rx Diet. Dip and devour two slices and you'll be at around 380 calories, or 75% to 90% of what most women should have for the whole meal. Butter is easier to keep track of (a thumbnail-size pat is about 45 calories), but it contains saturated fat.

Solution: Go with heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil, but add balsamic vinegar to cut fat and calories and boost flavor, says Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet. Drizzle it on with a fork.

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