Diet Shockers

The 5 Unsuspected Foods That Will Pack on the Pounds

Some foods at restaurants can seem relatively healthy, but there are many dishes lurking out there with an exorbitant amount of calories and grams of fat.

Everyone who has ever been on a diet knows the challenges of going out to eat. Restaurants are notorious for serving oversize portions and sauces with creamy (and fattening) ingredients. Perhaps the most discouraging factor when dining out are the hidden dangers in food components. What happens when you think you’re making a responsible choice and you don’t even realize the hundreds of calories and grams of fat that have made their way into your meal? Here’s a look at five dishes that can easily clog your arteries or add on those pesky pounds.

Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad — A common misconception is that ordering a salad results in a low-calorie ‘healthy’ meal. However, if your salad is anything like the one on the Chili’s menu, you could be eating a 1,320-calorie dish. With over 81 grams of fat and 2,710 milligrams of sodium, this salad is in no way a nourishing or wise meal to consume.

Ruby Tuesday’s Turkey Burger — In most cases, turkey burgers are a smarter choice over regular hamburgers. Instead at most restaurants you receive plates overflowing with food rather than a sensible serving of wheat bun and lean burger patty. Ruby Tuesday’s turkey burger is over 1,065 calories and 65 grams of fat. You’d be better off requesting a dinner salad with light dressing than fries.

P.F. Chang’s Lo Mein Chicken — Chinese food is infamous for its choices between fattening and preservative-filled. Although P.F. Chang’s offers some sensible and unfried meals, their lo mein chicken is filled with diet dangers. Clocking in with 1,610 calories and 66 grams of fat, this meal is too large a portion and will result in a huge diet blunder.

Macaroni Grill’s Eggplant Parmesan — This breaded dish is misleading—just because there’s a vegetable in the title, doesn’t mean it has healthy components. With over 1,240 calories, 64 grams of fat, and 1,595 milligrams of sodium, this dish is sure to increase your cholesterol.

IHOP’s Waffles — There are choices you can make at IHOP to stay on your diet…however, the toppings available for each dish can increase your calorie intake immensely. For example, pancakes or waffles come with butter, syrup, fruit compote, and whipped cream. When added to the top of your dish, you are consuming more than 1,065 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 1,215 milligrams of sodium. That’s enough to make you swear off breakfast for a while. Ask for sugar-free syrup and refrain from using butter to help make the dish more nutritionally acceptable.

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