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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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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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                                  Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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