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You Don't Take 2 Minutes to Do This

Why it packs on pounds: Taking your to-go food out of the restaurant container and onto an actual plate helps you control your portion sizes, says Zanini. Why? A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that 92 percent of the meals at both chain and local restaurants had more calories than you should be consuming in a single meal.

The fix: Grab a plate before you dig into take-out lunch (Zanini recommends a nine-inch dinner plate for maximum portion control). Save whatever doesn't fit on the plate for tomorrow's lunch. Need some guidance figuring out what's healthy take-out and what's not? Here are eight nutritionist-approved fast-food meals.