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FitSugar Poll on How Often You Eat Meals Out

How Many Meals Do You Eat Out?

If you are trying to lose weight, eating meals out can be your nemesis. While it can be convenient to eat out all the time, the extra calories add up. The reason food at restaurants tastes better is that fat, and plenty of it, is often the secret ingredient. Plus, I find food cooked by someone else just seems tastier (hint to my hubbie if he is reading this) and a little bit luxurious, even if it is a taco. In relationship to the health goals of losing weight and eating healthier, it is a good idea to asses how often you are eating restaurant fare, be it food from high class joints or fast food chains. So . . .

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slinkyme slinkyme 8 years
I eat out a lot. I usually buy food at a cafeteria, nearby restaurants, or a taco truck where I work. In the evenings I often have other activities, so I don't have time to cook. Recently I've been experimenting with cooking something beforehand, or not eating a full meal until after I return home from my activities.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
I said once a week, but it's more like once every 2 or 3 weeks. Between the health and price issues, I just don't eat out much. I really enjoy cooking anyway.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
almost never. only on vacation. i really like the taste of my cooking better than eating out. and when i prepare a meal myself i know for sure it's healthy and not loaded with s**t or handled with dirty hands.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I manage a restaurant, so I pull a lot of 12 hour shifts that makes it hard for me not to eat there! But, I find healthy ways to eat restaurant food... like asking them to cook my food without butter or oil, or just getting grilled fish or chicken with veggies.
onesong onesong 8 years
i eat out a good bit, but im a salad and please just grill the chicken with nothing else kind of girl.
emalove emalove 8 years
I love going out to dinner and having drinks with my husband and/or friends, one of my favorite things to do. I eat out every weekend, usually on Friday nights. It's something I look forward to. If I was overweight or trying to lose weight, I suppose I'd have to cut back on it. But I'm not so I am going to enjoy it!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I order my lunch (on the company's dime of course) about half of the week. I split these in half and supply the rest of the week hehe! When I do eat out, I never feel guilty money- or waist-line-wise b/c I always choose healthy options, split these in half, and don't feel money spent out is money waisted. Eat at restaurants supports our economy. Also...my boyfriend is an awesome cook so I'm never lacking anything. I do all the cleaning.
sarasonne sarasonne 8 years
I try to limit it to dinner out once a week, but my boyfriend wants to go like 3x/wk. He's such a bad influence with food.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I've been so good about not going out much lately, but I really, really miss it! :(
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I don't cook. We spend $400-$900 a month on eating out. We go through spurts of not eating out, but then something inevitably happens to snap us out of it (last time it was having to stay in a hotel when our electricity was out - I can't not eat out while in a hotel, even with the fridge and microwave.). We just started a new "only eating out once a week" plan. Again.
piraterie piraterie 8 years
I always go out for dinner once a week and usually go out for lunch once too. Some weeks will just be the one dinner; very rarely do I eat out more than twice in a week (usually only around holidays or when I have company).
Kyko Kyko 8 years
I RARELY eat out - I find fresh food from home cheaper and tastier...
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Maybe once? Not at all this week so far! Once last week from sumo salad. =)
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 8 years
I eat out with my folks almost every day for dinner.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
My new years resolution is also to stop eating out so much mainly for the money factor. The amount of money people spend on take-out is outrageous, and I would love to save it for things I need or emergencies. I am now down to once a week and that is date-night for the bf and I. Every other week we try to do something different like movie, bowling, rock climbing, or a museum or something.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
we used to eat out or get take away all the time, untill we really started to look at our budget and HOLY COW the amount of money we spent on food. So we dont eat out unless its a special occasion.
maedchen1982 maedchen1982 8 years
every day i get food ordered in at work (company pays for it :) ). one could easily gain a lot of weight this way, but 9 times out of 10 i order a salad (the tenth time i get sushi!)
novaispb novaispb 8 years
I eat lunch out every week day and 2 or 3 times during the weekend. I know it is too much but even eating out I managed to lose 22lbs on the last 3 months (still 43 to go!)
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 8 years
Living in NYC, I find myself eating out or ordering in A LOT. On average, two meals a day. I think it would definitely help my waistline AND my budget if I were to do a little more cooking but it's hard to get motivated.
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
I eat out lunch 2-3 times a week at work, which pretty cheap and healthy - I work on a college campus. I've been trying hard to cut down dinners, though. We normally go about once a least at week either to dinner or brunch. I love restaurants... too much!
Tutta Tutta 8 years
We go through spells where we eat out more than in and then we get back on track and cook dinner at home. I usually bring my lunch and almost ALWAYS make breakfast at home.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I eat out ALOT...My mom cooks dinner, and that's our lunch for the next day, but I don't like Indian food! So I usually eat out.
Carri Carri 8 years
I may eat lunch out once a week, but my husband and I rarely eat dinner out. We'll have "beer and pizza Friday's" at my work but I've been skipping out on those lately.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
It depends for me. Before payday I always take my lunch and snacks and breakfast and eat at home for dinner. Usually I'll go out once in a while for lunch and when my hubby doesn't feel like cooking for dinner. So, about 6 times a month.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
i eat out ALOT! its almost BAD!.. but its soo good!! haha my boyfriend and i go for lunch.. probably 2-4 times a week and then we will go for dinner.. maybe 2-4 times as well.. it really depends on what we are doing... if were not TOOO busy then we will cook.. but if were feeling lazy and in a rush we just go out.. its bad... we could save so much money if we just made our own dinner and lunch.. oh and on weekends.. we found this totally cute little breakfest place that we also like to go to!!.. but really it all depends on the week.. cuz some weeks we wont go out at all or maybe once.. n other weeks.. its CRAZY!! haha
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