If you really want to lose those last couple of pounds, you might want stop going out for lunch. Sure, it can be much easier to go out to your favorite lunch spot than bring a meal from home. But, a new scientific study has found that women who eat out for lunch lose less weight than those who stay at home.
Researchers reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that women who ate out for lunch at least once a week lost five pounds less than those who ate at home. Dr. Anne McTiernan, who led the study, says eating out could prompt unhealthy diet choices.
“Eating in restaurants usually means less individual control over ingredients and cooking methods, as well as larger portion sizes,” says McTiernan.
The researchers wrote that the keys to successful weight loss are to avoid restaurant meals, keep a food diary and make sure not to skip meals.
If your schedule doesn’t give you enough time to make your lunch at home, try to pick healthy choices at restaurants and keep track of what you eat. Also, take note of the portion sizes in restaurants, as they are usually large and can cause you to overeat.
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