11/27/2012 08:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

7 Restaurant Mistakes Healthy People Make

By Maridel Reyes

In our quest to eat light, we know to pass up artery cloggers like fettuccine Alfredo; we regularly order sauce on the side and veggies instead of fries. Problem is, "everything at a restaurant is 10 times more decadent than what you make at home," says Adam Roberts, author of "Secrets of The Best Chefs." So even the healthy-seeming fare can pack surprisingly high calorie counts.

But that doesn't mean you have to eat at home every night (as if!). We grilled chefs and dietitians about the trends and dishes that can doom your stay-slim efforts. Commit these simple tips to memory and you'll never again fear a restaurant meal.

7 Restaurant Mistakes Healthy People Make

"7 Restaurant Mistakes Healthy People Make" originally appeared on Health.com