Cutting your restaurant budget can also help you cut calories.
Your weight loss goals are in direct opposition to the restaurant's profit goals, so even if you send back the bread basket and order everything grilled, steamed or dry, you'll still probably consume more than you realize. Eating just one meal a week away from home can translate into two extra pounds a year
for the average person, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently calculated. The average adult eats out nearly five times a week
, and often consumes around 134 additional calories per meal.