3 Ways to Avoid Restaurant Fat Traps
Eating out can be a diet minefield—and menus don’t always help, says a recent study.
Eating outÂ can be a diet minefieldâ€”and menus donâ€™t always help, says a recent study. After analyzing dinersâ€™ choices, researchers found that people were most likely to order items that were boxed off or listed in a snazzy font.
Here's how to order smart:
Ask to be seated in the right place
â€œPrevious research has shown that people who sit in a back booth are 80% more likely to get dessert,â€ Wansink says. â€œThose who sit near windows are 80% more likely to order salad.â€
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Hit up the waiter for advice
â€œDonâ€™t waste time trying to decode the menu, because the effects are subconscious,â€ Wansink says. â€œJust ask the server to tell you about the lighter menu optionsÂ that people really like.â€
Follow the rule of two
Drinks, appetizers, and bread add up fast. â€œStay on track by choosing just two extras; say, a chunk of bread and a glass of wine,â€ Wansink says. â€œPeople who do this eat less and still feel satisfied.â€
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