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15 Restaurant Meals with Over 1500 Calories

15 Restaurant Meals with Over 1500 Calories

You know that feeling you get after you’ve eaten way too much at your favorite restaurant?

Bloated, sleepy, and maybe even a tad bit guilty?

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There’s a word for this phenomenon and it’s called overindulgence.

But it’s not your fault. Really. Because the truth is, it’s pretty darn difficult to understand what’s healthy and what’s not these days. Take the Chicken and Broccoli Pasta at Ruby Tuesday, for instance: You’d think that “chicken” and “broccoli” would result in a fairly healthy dish, right? Not so much. This meal will set you back 1476 calories, 92 grams of fat, and over a day’s worth of sodium.

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The bottom line is that if you eat out a lot, you’re making it a lot harder on yourself to maintain a healthy weight.

Knowledge is power, however, so let’s look at 15 restaurant dishes that are particularly unhealthy so you know what not to order next time you go out to eat.

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15 Restaurant Meals to Avoid

1. Applebees: New England Fish and Chips
fish and chips

    • 1690 calories
    • 126 g fat (22 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
    • 92 g carbohydrates
    • 2840 mg sodium

    2. Applebees: Riblet and Chicken Tenders Platter
    Riblet and Chicken Tenders Platter

      • 2040 calories
      • 115 g fat (28 g saturated, 1 g trans)
      • 175 g carbohydrates
      • 4610 mg sodium

      3. Buffalo Wild Wings: Ribs and Traditional Wings Combo
      Ribs and Traditional Wings Combo

        • 2540 calories
        • 187 g fat (60 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
        • 111 g carbohydrates
        • 5620 mg sodium

        4. Buffalo Wild Wings: Ribs and Boneless Wings Combo
        buffalo wild wings

          • 2470 calories
          • 171 g fat (51 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
          • 140 g carbohydrates
          • 6960 mg sodium

          5. Chili’s: Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers w/ Ranch
          Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

            • 1700 calories
            • 77 g fat
            • 200 g carbohydrates
            • 4110 mg sodium

            6. Denny’s: The Grand Slamwich with Hash Browns
            Dennys- The Grand Slamwich with Hash Browns

              • 1530 calories
              • 102 g fat (45 g saturated, 1 g trans)
              • 97 g carbohydrates
              • 3690 mg sodium

              7. Longhorn Steakhouse: Porterhouse with Loaded Baked Potato
              Longhorn Steakhouse- Porterhouse with Loaded Baked Potato

                • 1630 calories
                • 102 g fat (41 g saturated, 4.5 g trans)
                • 57 g carbohydrates
                • 2330 mg sodium

                8. IHOP: Country/Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs w/Sausage Gravy
                ihops-country-fried-steak-and-eggs-has-1760-calories

                  • 1850 calories
                  • 115 g fat (33 g saturated, 2 g trans)
                  • 143 g carbohydrates
                  • 4550 mg sodium

                  9. Macaroni Grill: Chianti BBQ Steak
                  Macaroni Grill- Chianti BBQ Steak

                    • 1920 calories
                    • 121 g fat (42 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
                    • 81 g carbohydrates
                    • 3130 mg sodium

                    10. Macaroni Grill: Chicken Milanese
                    Macaroni Grill- Chicken Milanese

                      • 1570 calories
                      • 107 g fat (36 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
                      • 91 g carbohydrates
                      • 1710 mg sodium

                      11. Outback Steakhouse: Porterhouse Steak with Loaded Baked Potato and Caesar Salad
                      Porterhouse Steak with Loaded Baked Potato and Caesar Salad

                        • 1693 calories
                        • 113 g fat (45 g saturated, 2 g trans)
                        • 68 g carbohydrates
                        • 2096 mg sodium

                        12. On the Border: Dos XX Fish Tacos w/ Creamy Red Chile Sauce
                        Dos XX Fish Tacos w/ Creamy Red Chile Sauce

                          • 1950 calories
                          • 121 g fat
                          • 158 g carbohydrates
                          • 3540 mg sodium

                          13. Red Robin: Triple S Riblet & Creamy Mac and Cheese
                          Red Robin- Triple S Riblet & Creamy Mac and Cheese

                            • 1904 calories
                            • 116 g fat
                            • 119 g carbohydrates
                            • 4294 mg sodium

                            14. TGI Friday’s: Jack Daniels Ribs
                            TGI Fridays- Jack Daniels Ribs

                              • 1530 calories
                              • 73 g fat (21 g saturated, 0 g trans)
                              • 158 g carbohydrates
                              • 3220 mg sodium

                              15. Tony Roma’s: Beef Ribs–Full Slab
                              Tony Romas- Beef Ribs--Full Slab

                                • 2289 calories
                                • 189 g fat (82 g saturated)
                                • 66 g carbohydrates
                                • 2895 mg sodium

                                How to Eat Healthier When Eating Out

                                So how do you figure out what’s healthy and what’s not when you eat out? Fortunately, many larger restaurants now post nutrition information on their websites. You can either check online before you head out to eat, or ask your server for a copy of the nutrition facts at the restaurant.

                                A little common sense goes a long way too: don’t order anything that’s fried, cream sauces are a no-no, and opt for fresh veggies as a side instead of French fries. Perhaps most importantly, be sure to watch your portion sizes. One of the easiest ways to do this is to ask your waiter to box up half your meal before it comes out—this cuts your calorie intake by half immediately (as long as you don’t make up for it by scarfing down bread and an appetizer sampler).

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                                At the end of the day, you have the power to educate yourself and use that knowledge to choose healthier foods when you eat out. That in turn can translate into big-time changes to your health over time.

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                                Scott Christ

                                Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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                                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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