If you're trying to lose weight, or, even more often, simply trying not to gain weight, then eating out can be tough. That's mainly because of the big calorie laden portions restaurants serve.
And what most of us don't realize is that our brains are trained to "clean" off our plates so more than likely whatever is put in front of us goes into our stomachs. So cutting back on what's served to you can also cut down on your weight. In other words, controlling your portions can also help control your weight.
Some tips experts give include splitting a meal with someone else, that way you only get half of what's served. In most restaurants, that half will be more than enough. Also, instead of ordering an entree plate, consider ordering off of the a la carte side of the menu. That way you'll only get the food items you want and not the things you eat just because they are there. By using these simple tips researchers were able to get a group of middle aged women to lose 3 to 4 pounds over a six week period. They simply did it by watching portion size, picking less fattening foods and putting down their forks before they felt stuffed. Something all of us can do, especially when eating out.