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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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                                11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

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                                Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                                1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                                Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                                2. Stress Relief

                                Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                                3. Improved Sleep

                                Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                                4. Appetite Control

                                Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                                5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                                When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                                6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                                Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                                7. Mosquito Repellant

                                Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                                8. Pain Relief

                                While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                                9. The New Anti-Viral

                                Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

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                                Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                                11. Money Saving

                                With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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