Try Cooking at Home to Lose Weight

It’s no secret that when it comes to losing any excess weight that you may carry that the best way to go about it is to eat less. However, in our busy lives, we often rely on restaurants and fast food locations to serve many of our daily meals. That can be the mistake that derails both our fitness and our financial goals for the new year.

Dining out is expensive. Once you’ve totaled appetizers, drinks, entree, and desserts, you can easily spend more dining out than it would have cost to make the meal at home. Yet, many Americans rely on chains and other dining establishments to provide at least some of their weekly meals. It’s not just your wallet where this can hit you. It can also hit your waistline.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a whopping 92 percent of 364 restaurant meals served in a variety of chain and local restaurants exceeded the recommended calorie requirements for a single meal. Research was conducted in three separate cities: Boston, San Francisco, and Little Rock.

Researchers tested varying type of cuisine in the study as well. They surveyed American, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines. American, Chinese and Italian cuisine came in near the top, but not in a good way. Their meals contained the most calories, coming in at 1,495 calories per meal.

Going even further, in 123 measured restaurants, the team of researches found at least one meal that exceeded the total caloric requirements for a single day. Once you add on bread, appetizers, and desserts that go along with your meal, you can be eating the equivalent calories of more than just one day’s needs.

Again, to put the 1,495 calorie meal into perspective, a woman standing just 5’5” and weighing 150 lbs who lives a primarily sedentary lifestyle requires just 1,680 calories to maintain her weight. Eating just one 1,495 calorie meal, in additon to the normal accutrement, can provide her with her entire day’s worth of calories.

Eating at home can save your wallet and your waistline. You can skip the fat, sugar and sodium present in most restaurant entrees, sauces, and desserts. This benefits you in more ways than just saving money. You’ll save calories, too.

If you have a specific fitness goal, whether it is to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, contact Frank Tortorici. He is a certified personal trainer who can assist you in meeting all of your fitness goals. Contact him today.

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