Actually, they really should give a warning label to restaurants who serve foods with so many calories. If you want to lose weight or even maintain your current weight, it would be pretty tough to do in eating these restaurant foods. Even if you are at a healthy weight and have a high metabolism, foods like these will take their toll on your health. And, what makes it all worse is that some restaurant calories counts are inaccurate.

Restaurant Foods Win ‘Awards’ for Most Calories

WebMD Health News, July 19, 2011: What has 1,540 calories, 59 grams of saturated fat, and weighs nearly three-quarters of a pound? A single slice of the Cheesecake Factory’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake, a winner of one of this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

It’s as if the restaurants were targeting the remaining one out of three Americans who are still normal weight in order to boost their risk of obesity, diabetes, [and] heart attacks.

In addition to the Red Velvet Cake, the winners include:

  • The Farmhouse Cheeseburger. Topped with pork belly and a fried egg, it weighs in at 1,530 calories with 36 grams of saturated fat. The fries served with it add an additional 460 calories and 1,460 milligrams of sodium. (Cheesecake Factory).
  • PB&C Shake. This 24-ounce peanut butter and chocolate ice cream shake has 2,010 calories and 68 grams of saturated fat. That’s a full day’s recommended calories and three and half days’ recommended saturated fat, the CSPI points out. (Cold Stone Creamery).
  • Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine. Served with garlic bread, this meal packs 1,520 calories, 43 grams of saturated fat, and 3,700 milligrams of sodium onto your plate. (Applebee’s).
  • Great Fries. An extra large order is about 1 1/3 pounds. It has 930 calories and nearly 2,500 milligrams of sodium. That’s before it’s dressed up in an assortment of toppings, including cheese, bacon, chili, and sour cream. (Great Steak).
  • Monster Bacon ‘N Beef Cheeseburger. The bacon is blended into the two ground beef patties for a total of 1,250 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat. A side of 300-calorie fries, 620-calorie onion rings, or 80-calorie fruit salad completes the plate. (IHOP).
  • Fried Cheese Melt. Four fried mozzarella sticks, melted American cheese, sourdough bread, and a side of fries give diners a meal that has 1,260 calories, 21 grams of saturated fat, and 3,010 milligrams of sodium. (Denny’s).
  • Porterhouse Steak. This 1 1/2 pound piece of beef comes with 1,390 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat, and 1,200 milligrams of sodium. Want mashed potatoes and creamed spinach with that? The calorie count nearly doubles, to 2,570, while the fat shoots up to 85 grams and the sodium to 2,980 milligrams. (Morton’s The Steakhouse).

Read Restaurant Foods Win ‘Awards’ for Most Calories

Some Restaurant Calorie Counts May Be Inaccurate

WebMD Health News, July 19, 2011: Most posted calorie counts for restaurant foods are generally accurate, but there can be big discrepancies, especially at sit-down restaurants, according to a new analysis.

The study shows that overall the posted calorie counts for foods at 42 fast-food and sit-down restaurants were within 10 calories of their actual content. But 19% of foods contained 100 calories — or more — more than their posted calorie count.

Read Some Restaurant Calorie Counts May Be Inaccurate

I was in Montana for an extended weekend with college roommates this last weekend and ate in several restaurants. While there was little on the menu that I found to be healthy. I had no problems asking the waitresses what the chef could prepare for me. Each time, I received very healthy and very delicious meals. And, I tip well! When eating out, ask for the health meal that supports your weight loss goals.

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