CASPER, Wyo. According to a 2015 study from the Public Health Nutrition, Americans consume about 200 more calories when they eat out.
"When we eat out we tend to over consume the amount of food that we are taking in. We don't have control over how it's prepared a lot of times, so fried over baked foods. The amount, it's always more than a serving size." Said Mary Ann Lembke of the CNCHD Adult Health Program Manager.
With that large portion comes 20 ounces of soda.
"It's hard to realize when you have a soda in front of you how much sugar is inside that soda. It's made with corn syrup most often, and those sugars are directly absorbed into your body." Explained Lembke.
She says you should ask how a meal is prepared.
"Choose things that are baked over fried. Choose things without creams sauces or gravy- those hold a lot of calories. Cheese sauces. A lot of fruits and vegetables. Chose veggies over potatoes."
She says it is okay to eat out once in a while, especially during the holidays, but to be careful.
According to the CDC, three in four Americans are overweight or obese.