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Wondering whether eating at home or eating out is better for your health? Well, there is a strong correlation between folks who eat the most healthfully and those who eat dinner at home. If you are leading a busy lifestyle and dining out frequently because of it, you should make a point to eat at home more often. Eating at home can be beneficial to you in many ways. Below are some reasons to dine in tonight.
Americans have become accustomed to larger portion sizes from restaurants. Most restaurants serve two to three times more than healthy recommended portion sizes. It is because we have come to expect these large portions that many people don’t know what a proper portion size is anymore. When large portions are the norm, we tend to overeat. Not only that but when people pay the prices they do for eating out, they want to get their money’s worth. This adds to the likelihood of consuming more than one might at home. In these circumstances, it becomes difficult to stop eating until the plate is clean.
Calorie counting is not the most important thing on restaurant owners’ list. They are more preoccupied with providing meals that are so delicious you can’t help but come back. Calories, fat, carbohydrates and the many other nutrient values that are recommended are typically forgone in lieu of taste. While you can see the meats and vegetables that are used to prepare your meal, you may not know what ingredients go into the sauces and seasoning. Items that you may think are healthy may be tampered with so much for the sake of flavor that a salad could be around 900 calories. And here you are thinking you’re making the right food choices. When you eat out, you have almost no control over how most items are prepared. You are leaving your health and wellness in the hands of the chef in the back.
Spending an hour cooking burns about 150 calories. You can burn half of what you eat for dinner merely by cooking it yourself. Now consider the number of calories you may be burning grocery shopping, loading, and unloading groceries, preparing the meal and serving it as compared to driving to a restaurant and sitting down while you wait for the food to come to you. Even worse are drive-thru restaurants where you do not even get out of your car before being served the high fat, high-calorie meal.
If you are going on a diet, eating at home can help you stick to your diet plan. When you are dining out, you will be exposed to greater temptation to eat appetizing but bad for you food. It is also more likely that you will forget about your dietary restrictions if you are eating out with your friends. While it is possible to overcome the temptations, it is still better to stay away from such situations entirely. Check out Eating Healthy in Restaurants for those days that you do decide to eat out.