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Eating out and staying healthy

So you'd like to turn health conscious without having to let go of eating out? Well, you may not know the exact calorie and nutritional content but here's how you can still eat out without bulking up.

entertainment Updated: Apr 19, 2010 00:53 IST
Sam McManis

So you'd like to turn health conscious without having to let go of eating out? Well, you may not know the exact calorie and nutritional content but here's how you can still eat out without bulking up.

1 When ordering at a restaurant, stay away from menu items described this way:
a) "Grilled to perfection"
b) "Crispy"
c) "Chef's favourite"

2 Which sandwich topping should you avoid?
a) Iceberg lettuce
b) Grilled onions
c) Tomatoes

3 Why should diners eat their meals slowly?
a) It takes 20 minutes for the brain to get the message from the stomach that you are no longer hungry.
b) You burn calories more slowly if you overload your system with food in a 10-minute span.
c) It's a good way to exact revenge on the wait staff.

4 A good strategy when eating out with young children is to do what?
a) Leave the kids at home and enjoy your meal.
b) Pass on the "kids meals" and order from the "adult" menu.
c) Opt for milk as the beverage and fruit as the dessert.

5 Why is consuming more than one alcoholic drink a bad idea when eating out?
a) Alcohol increases the appetite and provides calories without nutrients.
b) Most mixed drinks contain more calories than many entrees.
c) People tend to overtip when a little tipsy.

ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: b; 3: a; 4: c; 5: a

- MCT