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Dieting And Going Out To Eat Could Get You More Than You Bargained For
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Dieting And Going Out to Eat Could Get You More Than You Bargained For

Most dieters like to keep track of how many calories they are eating each day. Some of them rely on knowing that number to the point of planning what they are going to eat right down to the last nibble for as much as a week in advance. Those people even plan what they will be ordering when they are going out to eat so that they can check the restaurant’s web site for calorie counts before they even arrive. Experts say that it is a good strategy, eliminating the risk of being tempted by some of the luscious and over indulgent foods on the average menu. But, what you see listed next to those foods might not be the reality according to a recent study.

Susan Robers, the Senior Author of the study performed by Tufts University Nutrition Research and published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that while there were many foods that did get near to the right calorie counts, there were some that were more than 100 calories off, including a few that were as many as 1000 calories off from the stated amounts. Those inconsistent calorie counts can be attributed to individual handling of the different dishes and was seen more often in sit down type restaurants, but can be a major problem, especially for dieters.

To accomplish their research, the Tufts University team visited several fast food and sit down restaurants in Massachusetts, Arkansas and Indiana during the first six months of 2010. They bought 269 food items from the menus and then brought them back to the lab for analysis. None of the researchers told their server or the restaurants what they were actually doing.

The average calorie count for the items was correct but there were nearly twenty where they were off. In one of the restaurants, the calorie count for one food item was over 1000 calories higher than what was listed, almost the amount of a full day’s worth of calories for some people. In another, the calorie count for a salad was off by over six hundred. A rep for that chain suggested that the researcher had bought the entree salad rather than the side salad.

The web site for the Outback Steak House has a disclaimer that reminds visitors that many of the foods are hand prepped and that caloric values might vary from dish to dish. But, a new federal law may change the way some of the foods are handled. That law will go into effect in the coming year and will require that the actual calorie count be placed on the menus at the larger chains.

Some of the biggest offenders for the calorie count snafus were the so called low cal foods, the ones that are most likely to be ordered by dieters. That includes the salad that is listed at a lower calorie count than what it actually was.


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Sol2  

If you want to get rid of that belly fat, eating out is hardly an option.

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  about 7 years ago

Hahah it`s always the ones who claim to be good that are so very bad!

Reply
  about 8 years ago
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