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The Pitfalls of Dining Out Vs. Cooking at Home

Some interesting new research indicates that you are better off staying home than eating out in a restaurant, if you are trying to lose weight.  Given the fact that as many as two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and many people spend at least part of their day in restaurants, the findings are particularly troubling. According to Dr. Caroline Cederquist, a physician specializing in weight management, in 1978, less than 20 percent of the calories Americans consumed were eaten outside the home.  As late as 2003, the number had climbed to 50 percent.   Cederquist says that restaurant food tends to be higher in calories because it relies so much on salt, sugar, and oil.  Also, restaurant portions tend to be larger, making it difficult to make healthy choices.  It has been estimated that restaurant servings tend to be three to four times greater than typical serving sizes.  Another problem is that restaurants...

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