The 30 Worst Popular Restaurant Choices

Frightening Fact: one wrong entrée at your fave fast food joint can be equal to an entire day’s worth of fat, calories and carbs. Yes, that is true.

Fast food restaurants have definite benefits- they are fast and, if you make healthy choices, you can get a well-rounded meal including lean protein, healthy carbs and veggies without making a dent in your bank account and, possibly even more valuable, without spending time prepping it.

However, healthy choices can be hard to choose if you aren’t a savvy fast food consumer paying close attention to the Nutritional Contents (a fact sheet that all chains have, but just might not flaunt) before ordering.

Check the Nutrition Facts FIRST
Want to know the first thing I do when stepping foot into a fast food chain? I go directly to the nutrition facts sheet, then only order from the lowest fat/calorie options. In the end, is the fried chicken sandwich with cheese really better than the grilled chicken without cheese? How about if I ask you this way- is it really an additional hour of exercise time better?

Request “No Sauce”
Want to instantly trim as many as 20 grams of fat and 500 calories from your entrée? Ask for “no sauce” on your sandwich. Why? Sauce generally is some sort of fat-loaded mayo mixture that is often slathered on automatically and used to glue the bun to the lettuce.

Request Packets of BBQ Sauce, Honey Mustard, Sweet n’ Sour
Just because it’s free from fatty mayo sauce doesn’t mean your sandwich has to be dry and flavorless. Ask for packets of BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or sweet n’ sour sauce- or better yet, ask for all three. They are ff flavor alternatives that, I promise you, will not leave you missing the flavor (and dress size increase) of fat.

Fitness Magazine published a pretty horrifying list of the 30 worst items you can order at some of your favorite fast food joints. Scan the list, print it, and keep it in your car. Oh, and keep in mind that the average woman should consume 1500 to 1800 calories a day, and the American Heart Association suggests limiting dietary fat to 30 percent of total calories. Here’s the basics. Click here to read the full shocking article yourself:

1. Quizno’s Tuna Melt with Cheese and Dressing (large):
1760 calories
133 g fat

2. Quizno’s Classic Italian Sandwich (Large size, with cheese and dressing):
1330 calories
68g fat

3. Quizno’s Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Chopped Salad
1070 calories
71g fat
(the honey mustard dressing makes up 500 of those calories all on its own!)

4. TGI Friday’s Jack Daniels Ribs & Shrimp
1910 calories

5. TGI Friday’s Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
1360 calories

6. TGI Friday’s Loaded Potato Skins appetizer
1430 calories

7. California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
1253 calories

8. California Pizza Kitchen Avocado Club Egg Rolls appetizer
1180 calories

9. California Pizza Kitchen Blue Crab Cakes
1567 calories

10. Denny’s Cheesy Three Pack appetizer (three-pack of mini cheeseburgers served with onion rings)
1940 calories
125g fat

11. Denny’s Granola (4oz) with milk (8oz)
690 calories
12g fat

12. Denny’s Heartland Scramble
1150 calorie
66 g fat

13. Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger
1820 calories
46g saturated fat (the equivalent of two jumbo steak burritos at Chipotle)

14. Applebee’s Grilled Shrimp Pesto Alfredo Fettuccine
1790 calories

15. Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip appetizer
1590 calories

16. On the Border Dos XX® Fish Tacos w/ Creamy Red Chile Sauce
2350 calories
152 g fat
( 2 to 3 times the suggested maximum daily dose of fat)

17. On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Smoked Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing
1,680 calories
121 g fat
(chosen by Men’s Health as the Worst Salad in America in 2008)

18. On the Border Big Beef Burrito
1,600 calories
110 g fat

19. Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion appetizer
1560 calories

20. Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries appetizer
2140 calories

21. Outback Steakhouse Baby Back Ribs (full rack)
2580 calories

22. Baja Fresh Breaded Fish Quesadilla
1400 calories

23. Baja Fresh Shrimp Bean & Cheese Burrito
950 calories
34 g fat
(Enchilada Style: 1580 calories, 74 g fat)

24. Baja Fresh Charbroiled Steak Tostada Salad
1230 calories
63 g fat

25. PF Chang’s Chicken Chopped Salad with Ginger Dressing
940 calories
68 g fat

26. PF Chang’s Crispy Honey Shrimp
2110 calories
70 g fat

27. PF Chang’s Lo Mein Combo
1968 calories
24 g fat

28. Olive Garden Create Your Own Pizza appetizer (cheese and sauce only)
930 calories
28 g fat

29. Olive Garden Pork Milanese
1510 calories
87 g fat

30. Olive Garden Tour of Italy pasta
1450 calories
74 g fat

Still in the mood for fast food? There are plenty of healthy options out there, just stick to the rules and you are less likely to ruin your diet when on the run.


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