When you’re really focused on eating right, getting in shape, and getting your body into a better state of health, you might make it a point to prepare more of your meals at home, and that is a very smart move. That said, there will inevitably be times when you just want to go to a restaurant to have someone else take care of the cooking for you, or you might want to spend a night out with friends at your favorite eatery.
Just because you’re eating at a restaurant doesn’t mean that you have to throw all of your healthy eating habits out the window. Instead, you just need to be strategic about what you will eat. What are some of the restaurant meals to skip when dining out? The list below will help you steer clear of meals that can undo your progress.
Pasta Napoletana at The Cheesecake Factory
Reader’s Digest has dubbed this “a heart attack on a plate,” so we think it’s safe to say that this is definitely one of the restaurant meals to skip when you’re out for dinner. Basically, it’s a lot of pasta along with a lot of meat. 2,310 calories, 4,370 mg of sodium, and 79 grams of fat later, and you’ll be way behind on your weight loss, health, and fitness goals. Did you know that 79 grams of fat is nearly four days’ worth of fat?! Just stay away from this dish altogether.
The Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill
The Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill is filled with just about everything unhealthy that you can imagine: sausage, prosciutto, pepperoni, bacon, and hamburger. That’s more than one pound of the unhealthiest meats (have you read the WHO report on the dangers of consuming red meat and processed meats?). Just, yikes! But, wait, this meal is also served up with onion rings and fries, along with four cheeses and mayo. Even more yikes! How many calories, though? Oh, just 2,850! This meal will also put you over your limit for sodium for a week. Yowza!
The Cheeseburger Omelette at IHOP
Spending your morning at IHOP for some breakfast? Steer clear of their Cheeseburger Omelette. Eggs, cheese, beef, hash browns, and three pancakes on the side are going to cause you to eat a whopping 45 grams of saturated fat, 1,990 calories, 1,005 mg of cholesterol, 44 grams of sugar, and 4,580 mg of sodium. Just say “no”.
These are a few examples of restaurant meals to skip but use them as a guide for when you’re not sure of what’s healthy on a menu. See similar items being offered up? Don’t fall for the temptation to order, as it’s just not worth it.