Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | December 4, 2013

Lose Weight WITHOUT Dieting: Tip #91: Avoid Appetizers with Your Meal

Another way to reduce your caloric intake while dining out is to avoid appetizers. It may surprise you to learn that by definition, an appetizer refers to a food or drink that stimulates the appetite. In other words, it is designed to increase your desire for the entrée, not be a meal itself! Unfortunately, that’s what appetizers have become. They are huge portions of fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol that often have more calories than the main dish. For example, the Fried Mozzarella at TGI Friday’s weighs in at 760 calories (44 grams of fat) and that is for an individual serving. Similarly, their Crispy Green Bean Fries are 900 calories with 66 grams of fat. At Outback Steakhouse, a small serving of Aussie Cheese Fries is 1,262 calories including 93 grams of fat but at least it’s an appetizer designed for sharing (in case you are wondering, the regular size has 1,963 calories with 134 fat grams). The Hard Rock Café’s Potato Skins are 1,213 calories while their Santé Fe Spring Rolls come in at 969. To be sure, you can find appetizers that are significantly lower in fat and calories. For example, the Tupelo Tenders at Hard Rock Café are 441 calories with only 10 grams of fat. However, the appetizer is supposed to stimulate your appetite, not account for a significant portion of the meal. So skip these starter dishes and simply savor the main dish to come.

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