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Your Diet and DiningOut – WKBW

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Eating out at restaurants doesn’t have to wreck your diet if you just put your mind to it.

Obesity is on the rise in America, and dining in restaurants may be a factor. People who dine out more often tend to eat more calories and fat.

A new study found that middle-aged women can eat out just as often without putting on weight. The women ages 40 to 59 took six classes that showed them how to make good choices in restaurants. They learned how to use calorie information in the restaurants to guide their selections, and how to stick to reasonable portion sizes.

They also learned how to eat mindfully. This means fully focusing on a food to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Over six weeks, the women ate out as much as usual, but lost more than three pounds on average.

To eat mindfully at your next restaurant meal:

* Have a seat. You can appreciate your food more if you’re not eating on the run.

* If the restaurant has a TV or other distractions, try to sit away from them.

* And pay attention to how you feel while eating. Appreciate the food’s flavor and texture. And keep tabs on when you feel full and should stop eating.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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