How to Cut Calories When Eating Out

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Just like carbs, all calories are not created equal. There are the good ones, which come from whole and raw foods, and the bad ones, which come from processed and fast foods.

It’s not rocket science that the bad ones affect our health in the worst ways. We become moody, sluggish, bloated, and all other guilty feelings. But the problem is that it’s almost impossible to stop eating these cheat meals.

In this article, we’ve gathered a few information about the bad calories, and how to cut calories when eating out. Let’s start with this infographic, posted by health editor Anthony Schneck on Thrillist, about how many steps it takes to burn these common fast and processed foods we eat:

HOW MANY STEPS IT TAKES TO BURN OFF 13 OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS (IT’S LOTS)

As Albert Einstein definitely said, “For every cheeseburger ingested, an equal and opposite cheeseburger must occur somewhere.” What Einstein knew intuitively was that diet matters; what goes in must go out, or else it will turn into love handles. That’s just science. Read more…

In addition to that shocking reality, an article written by Mandy Oaklander on Time discusses about the study on how restaurant and fast foods contain a lot of unhealthy salt, calories and cholesterol:

Restaurant Food May Be Less Healthy Than Fast Food

If you eschew fast food but relish restaurants, you might think you’re doing your body a favor. But recent research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that in a lot of ways, eating out is even worse than driving-thru. Read more…

You might say that there’s no way you’ll stop eating out. So here’s a tip for you from Shape’s health editor Mirel Ketchiff on how to lessen your caloric intake:

Cut Calories When Eating Out—Just Decode the Menu

After a slow start, calorie counts on restaurant menus (which a New FDA Ruling makes mandatory for many chains) are finally becoming more popular. And in a study based in Seattle, the number of people who say they look at the nutritional info at restaurants tripled in the last two years. Having the info on menus seems to be working, encouraging customers to order foods with an average of 143 fewer calories, research shows. Read more…

How to cut calories when eating out? Avoid sugary foods, and then aim for fibre. You also have to check if the meal is two servings.

If you can control yourself, stay away from processed foods as much as possible. They contain a lot of harmful ingredients that cause chronic illnesses and conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even some types of cancers. Just like nutrition expert Heather Morgan said, “Every time you eat or drink, you’re either feeding disease or fighting it.”

Try to get your calories, fat and carbohydrates from plant-based sources like vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and whole grains. They’re the best guilt-free foods!

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