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

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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