When it comes to watching your waistline, you know it's important to control your portion sizes, cut back on calories and eat more fruits and veggies. But are some of your other habits hindering your efforts? Watch out for these 5 trip-ups that contributor Karen Asp wrote about in the March/April 2014 issue of EatingWell Magazine.
1. Eating Out Once a Week
Restaurant meals typically deliver more calories than homemade ones. And dining out even just once a week could hinder your slim-down efforts. Women who ate lunch out at least once a week lost an average of five pounds less over the course of a year than those who ate out less frequently, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Eating breakfast and dinner out, by the way, had a similar effect.) Although researchers can't say that dining out definitively caused weight gain, knowing how many calories you're getting "can be more challenging when you