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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Most people, whether they’re normal weight or overweight, tend to underestimate the calories of a fast food meal, according to a new study. This is especially cause for concern with the rise in supersizing fast food meals.

Fast-food eaters underestimate calories

To read the full article, click here: https://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/health/15438579.htm?template/

Dr. Diet weighs in:

What I like about this study is that it puts the focus on the oversized meal vs. the oversized person.

What I mean is that instead of blaming overweight individuals and saying they just don’t understand what constitutes a healthy meal, this study found that we all don’t get it.

The bottom line is this: estimating calorie levels is very difficult " for everyone.

The fast food meals studied had calories that ranged from 445 to 1780 which shows you just how varied the calories in a fast food meal can be. That’s why it’s so important to become calorie conscious when it comes to eating out.

If you eat at fast food restaurants, take some time to check out each restaurant’s web site where you can get nutritional information on the different menu items. Plan ahead which menu items you think are healthiest and still enjoyable. This will take the guess work out of your fast food ordering and will keep you on track with your program.

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