I read an article by my friend Liz Neporent on the ABC news website a few months ago that I haven’t been able to completely get out of my mind.
She wrote that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average sit down restaurant meal has an average of over 1,200 calories, which is more than that found in many fast food meals. Breakfast calories averaged 1,226 calories, lunches at sit-down restaurants averaged 1,000 calories, and dinner calories averaged 1,128 calories.
Wow. For a lot of women, that is how many calories they eat when dieting.
I remember reading that thinking to myself, “No wonder I gained weight so quickly during the first years of our marriage.” Not only did I eat badly at home, but John and I went out to eat at sit-down restaurants very regularly. And when I say regularly, I mean at least four times a week for dinner and at least three times a week for lunch.
We weren’t all that picky. We would eat at buffet style restaurants, Applebee’s, Bennigan’s, local Italian restaurants, and any other restaurant that struck our fancy at the time.
I chose meals based on quantity rather than quality, meaning I probably ate more than the average listed in Liz’s article. It wasn’t unusual for me to have an appetizer, a large meal, and dessert. In fact, it was pretty typical.
As I read that article it made me think about you all. And it brought to mind a question.
I will find it interesting to see the responses because, for me, I eat out much less often than I did before I lost weight. While I was losing weight I still ate out, but the frequency decreased month after month along the way until I rarely ate out anymore.
The calories weren’t worth it, the food often wasn’t great, and I liked being in control of what ingredients went into my meal.
Were you surprised that the average meal at a sit-down restaurant had so many calories? How do you handle eating out? Diane