Health Tip: Don't Overeat at Restaurants

Suggestions to help avoid weight gain

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(HealthDay News) -- A larger portion at a restaurant may seem like a bargain, but negative health consequences may make it cost more in the long run.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases suggests:

  • Scour menu descriptions for buzzwords -- such as low-fat or low-calorie -- that indicate healthier choices.
  • Order an appetizer instead of an entrée. If you do order an entrée, share it. Look for healthier options such as salad, minestrone soup or steamed seafood.
  • Eat slowly, so you're better able to recognize when you are full. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry.
  • Drink water with lemon, instead of an oversized sugary soda.

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