Have you been avoiding all fast food for the comfort of a more formal restaurant? You may want to reconsider. Why? A recent study by a Purdue University researcher comparing calories for sit-down restaurants, fast-food restaurants and home-cooked meals, concluded that sit-down restaurants have larger portions and, therefore, more calories than fast-food places. Take, for example, a veggie burger from Burger King (420 calories) versus a veggie burger at Ruby Tuesdays, which has more than double the calories (952). Knowledge is power. The best way to safeguard yourself: Look up nutrition facts for the menu items that you are interested in eating before you place your order. And try eating at home more often, which, not surprisingly, proved to be the healthiest option of the three in the study.
Opting for low-cal, fast-food options instead of large, sit-down restaurant meals when you don't feel like eating in is just one example of a small tweak to your routine that can make a big difference on the scale, explains Molly Morgan, registered dietitian and author of the bestselling new book, The Skinny Rules: The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows. Here are 11 more tips from Morgan to try.