Americans love to splurge when they go out to eat.
But if you eat out 5 or 6 times a week like business traveler Tish Davis, you have to make sensible choices or it's hard to keep the weight off.
"I love macaroni and cheese, i love grits, mash potatoes. I love comfort food (laugh)," admits Davis.
Dietitian Marisa Moore says start by looking for clues that foods are high in calories.
"Things like crispy, creamy, um breaded, smothered. Those are not the ones you want to order.
So you want to look for foods that are grilled or broiled or steamed instead."
Try to order first so you'll be less tempted by others' choices and don't be afraid to ask the server to tailor your meal to make it healthier. Order steamed veggies instead of fries.
"Always order your salad dressing on the side," Moore suggests.
And try not to use all of it. You can even ask that the sauce for the entree be put on the side.
The portion sizes of most restaurant meals can actually feed 2.
"So as soon as you order your meal, also ask the server to bring a to go box so when your meal arrives you put half of it away, take it home with you," says Moore.
Because if it's in front of us, we tend to eat it.
"I'm going to actually try some things tonight when i'm on the road," says Davis.
(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)