“I can eat the entire thing by myself,” your cousin brags when the pecan pie gets put on the table at Thanksgiving.
“That’s not a badge of honor, dude,” you say under your breath.
In the pecan pie’s defense, it’s meant to be shared between eight people. But we suspect your same cousin doesn’t think twice about trying to finish off a mountain of wings at a restaurant or the biggest, baddest breakfast option at a diner. And since most restaurants aren’t exactly keeping your portion sizes or waistlines in mind when they come up with their dishes, many meals skyrocket to over a thousand calories. But sometimes, it gets even worse.
Even if your stomach was a bottomless pit and even if you ran a marathon every day—which burns just under 3,000 calories, FYI—the excessive fat, sugar, and sodium in the below dishes nearly gave us whiplash. But let’s forget about the double-takes we’re doing; we’re worried about the damage you’ll do to your bod by eating any of these dishes in their entirety. Heck, even a half portion is scary! Some of these items are meant to be shared, but that didn’t stop us from warning you about them. Skip ’em and brag about your willpower, instead. And be mindful that the shiny, new menu options you see aren’t all that innocent, either; here are the 25 Worst New Restaurant Items in America!
Cheesecake Factory: Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
2,291 calories, N/A fat, 81 saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 1,628 sodium,144 carbs, N/A fiber, N/A sugar, N/A protein
Until the Cheesecake Factory stops hiding their nutritional info under lock and key, we will always have a beef with them. We know why it was like pulling teeth to get the above info, though; this creamy pasta dish, topped with peas, bacon, and chicken, has more than a day’s worth of calories and more saturated fat than 50 eggs! And that’s just according to the nutrition data we could actually get our hands on. Take it from us: Shady business is never good news for your body.
Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Thai Curry Wings
Nutrition, 24: 2,040 calories,133 g fat, 40 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat, 7,050 mg sodium, 134 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 78 g protein
Nutrition, per wing: 85 calories, 5.5 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 0.17 g trans fat, 293.8 mg sodium, 5.6 g carbs, 0.5 g fiber, 0.4 g sugar, 3.25 g protein
The truth is that these are only the fourth worst chicken wings you can order—you can see the whole list at our exclusive report on America’s 18 Worst Restaurant Chicken Wings. This one is simply on this list because of the 24 wings, whereas most other restaurants give you anywhere from 8 to 12. Obviously this is a party platter, but even if you split it with another person, you’re still consuming more than a day’s worth of salt, an entire day’s worth of trans fat, and half a day’s worth of calories.
Bob Evans: Country-Fried Steak & Eggs With Sausage, Grits, Bread
2,260 calories, 115 g fat, 39 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 3,640 mg sodium, 268 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 114 g sugar, 51 protein
What has more than a day’s worth of calories and salt and more sugar than seven Snicker’s Ice Cream Bars? This sneaky diet-derailing dish. Where all that sugar comes from we may never know, but we can tell you this: This is one breakfast that will offer zero benefits to your day. Stay far, far away.
Applebee’s: New England Fish and Chips
1,970 calories, 136 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 4,180 mg sodium, 134 g carbohydrates
Attack of the beige! You could have this dish or 85 Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks! And don’t blame the fish—seafood is packed with lean, muscle-building protein and heart-healthy fats. No, the trouble here lies with a massively unbalanced fish-to-fat ratio. A coating of crispy batter and a heaping pile of deep-fried potatoes is no way to treat the golden child of nutrition—and this dish has twice the calories of most entrées at Red Lobster. Plus, trans fats? Really? When it comes to seafood, always abandon ship on fried fish and opt for grilled instead.
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690 calories, 36 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 1,770 mg sodium, 91 g carbohydrates
On The Border: Dos XX Fish Tacos With Rice & Black Beans
2,200 calories, 135.5 g fat, 27 g saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 4,330 mg sodium, 182 g carbs, 14 g fiber, N/A sugar, 62 g protein
For $12.99, On the Border will give you a full day’s calorie intake, nearly two day’s of salt and three days of fat in the form of their beer-battered, deep fried fish tacos. Think ordering a grilled fish taco from the restaurant chain is a better pick? Think again.Their Grilled Mahi Tacos pack over 1,000 calories, too! Yikes! Remember when fish was actually healthy? Us, too! And in your kitchen it still is, if you pick the right kind. Use our exclusive list of 40+ Most Popular Types of Fish—Ranked for Nutrition! to figure out which fish is best to eat.
Romano’s: Macaroni Grill Buffalo Chicken Parmesan
2,170 calories,153 g fat, 63 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat, 4,640 mg sodium, 110 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 90 g protein
Beware: This isn’t you bubby’s classic chicken parm! The massive serving of pasta under the poultry is doused in a gorgonzola cream sauce and the Milanese-style chicken is piled high with fatty mozzarella and sodium-filled buffalo sauce. And even if you split this dish with a friend, you’d take in half the day’s calories and salt and 2.4 times the daily recommended intake of saturated fat. But all hope is not lost pasta fans; to eat your favorite Italian noodles without losing your figure, check out these 40 Ultimate Pasta Tips to Stay Skinny!
Sonic : Large Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dream Master Blast
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2,300 calories, 144 g fat (72 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,170 mg sodium, 232 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 196 g sugar, 37 g protein
If you think you ate too much Halloween candy, this shake will shake you up. This super-sized sip has more calories than 29 chocolate chip cookies, more fat than 43 strips of pan-fried bacon and more sugar than 7 Snicker bars! Stay away if you want to protect your hard-earned flat belly!
Eat This Instead: Mini Vanilla Shake
Nutrition: 480 calories, 28 g fat, 20 g saturated fat, 250 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 49 g sugar, 7 g protein
Cheesecake Factory: Bruleéd French Toast
2,780 calories, N/A fat (93 g saturated fat), 2,230 mg sodium, 120 g sugar
That’s the Saturated Fat Equivalent of: 6 Sonic cheeseburgers, and the calorie equivalent of 40 Dunkin Donuts’ Munchkins.
The Factory strikes again! The is “breakfast” will likely rust your arteries with its full day’s worth of sodium, more than a day’s worth of calories, three to four days worth of sugar and a week’s worth of saturated fat. Cheesecake Factory won’t reveal the total fat count—maybe because they can’t count that high? It’s not the first time the chain appears on this list.
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Cheesecake Factory Plain Omelette
490 calories, other nutritionals N/A
Outback Steakhouse: Bloomin’ Onion
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Nutrition: 1,954 calories,155 g fat, 56 g saturated fat, 7.35 g trans fat, 3,841 mg sodium, 122 g carbs,14 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 18 g protein
Okay, so it’s 46 calories shy of the 2,000 mark but this is where we roll our eyes because 1,954 is still terrifying. This bouquet of batter-dipped produce is the caloric equivalent of eating an entire medium Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza—before your dinner! What’s more, it also delivers two days’ worth of cholesterol-boosting trans fats and enough sodium to keep your cardiologist up at night.
Eat This Instead: Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie
Nutrition: 582 calories, 13 g saturated fat, 0.25 g trans fat, 1,570 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 2.6 g sugar, 34.4 g protein
Uno: Chicago Classic Deep Dish Individual Pizza
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Nutrition: 2,300 calories, 164 g fat, 53 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 4,910 mg sodium, 119 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 99 g protein
The problem with deep dish pizza (which Uno’s invented it back in 1943) is not just the extra empty calories and carbs from the crust. It’s that the thick doughy base provides the structural integrity to house extra heaps of cheese, sauce, and greasy toppings. The result is an individual pizza with more calories than you should eat in a day. Oh, did we mention it has nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat, too? The key to (relative) success at Uno’s lies in their flatbread pies. (So long as you share them!) And if you want to learn about carbs that can actually make the scale tip in your favor, check out these 25 Best Carbs for Weight Loss.
Eat This Instead: Cheese and Tomato Flatbread Pizza
Nutrition, 1⁄2 pizza: 490 calories, 23.5 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 1,290 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 29.5 g protein