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wisher
04-30-2008, 10:48 AM
Found this article on the 20 worst foods in america, they're all categorized into worst chinese entree, worst drink, worst burger, worst salad, etc. etc. I was blown away by the number one worst food (hint - you get it at Outback Steakhouse!)

Link - 20 Worst Foods (http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/20-Worst-Foods/index.php?cm_mmc=Yahoo_Blog-_-The_20_Worst_Foods_in_America-_-Tool-_-The_20_Worst_Foods_in_America)


Beverlyjoy
04-30-2008, 10:55 AM
This is very eye opening. For instance - you wouldn't think a turkey burger what have that many calores.

I always try to an online menu at a restaurant in advance of going whenever possible.

Thanks for this.

Daimere
04-30-2008, 11:01 AM
As bad as it is, those cheese fries look great. I love cheese fries soooooooooo much. *drools*


DCchick
04-30-2008, 11:01 AM
OMG that's awful! (but great to know!) what's even worse is that I've had at least three things on that list!! Chipotle chicken burrito, fish tacos from On the Border, and spaghetti and meatballs from Mac Grill. Ugh!

wendymeows
04-30-2008, 11:11 AM
OMG!! Luckily I have not ate most of the things on that list but I have had plenty of the Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing which was one of my favorites!! Just being curious, I went to see what it would cost me in WW points and it's a whopping 72 POINTS!!! :devil: If I ate one of those now, I would not be able to eat for the next two and a half days!! :o

midwife
04-30-2008, 11:32 AM
So interesting! I would have guessed the worst pasta dish would involve alfredo sauce, so that was a surprise to me. The turkey burger is also disappointing. I've learned that even when I apply what I know about nutrition and try to make a better choice, the calories are still surprisingly high.

It can be so hard to lose weight if one eats out often. I think that limiting my meals out and about has been one of the most meaningful changes in my weight loss efforts.

Thanks for the link. It was fun....and strangely horrifying!

Trazey34
04-30-2008, 11:36 AM
OMG no wonder it seems like everyone in the world is FAT!!!! Speaking of crappy fast food.... I wish there was a drive-thru that specialized in only HEALTHY yummy food, I bet it would make a fortune!

barbygirl43
04-30-2008, 01:19 PM
Is it bad that I think those cheese fries look soooo good too. They remind me of the cheese fries you can get at Eskimo Joe's. That was a staple any time I went there and ate in college.

rockinrobin
04-30-2008, 01:39 PM
Okay, I seriously needed to stop looking at this stuff after only hitting the first 3 or 4.

When I first saw this, the first thought that came to mind for me was that fried bloomin' onion, and there it was at number 2. I stopped at that vanilla pie chocolate dessert thing. I would truly have no trouble eating that entire thing. So yeah, I've looked enough. ;)

nelie
04-30-2008, 01:50 PM
None of those really surprise me but other than the Chipotle Burrito, I've never had any of those. Even when I was eating meat, I'd split the Burrito and limit the higher calorie options (less rice, no sour cream, minimal cheese). Although really, On the Border should win for worst mexican entree but I guess it is good to point out Chipotle. On the Border's food is so horrible tasting, I can't imagine how they can stuff all those calories into such bad food.

I've always hated cheese fries (even though I loved cheese) so I couldn't imagine that tasting good for any of my former selves.

BrandNewJen
04-30-2008, 02:49 PM
Oh RockinRobin--- I love you!!! Even after all that weight loss, you still talk like a "normal" person. I too looked at those foods and was DROOLING. It makes me crazy when other people say "I've lost 50 pounds and I don't even crave anything like that anymore. Or I would barely be able to eat a 1/2 slice before I got sick." NOT ME. Oh man, I too could eat that entire pie.

It's just good to know that there are other SUCCESSFUL people out there who still think like me--- let's me know that I can NEVER let my guard down b/c these *thoughts* might not go away forever just b/c I lose the weight.

LaurieDawn
04-30-2008, 03:18 PM
This was eye-opening for me. I only recently became a calorie counter (okay, a year ago), and I only eat out occasionally, so I never really realized how many calories some of these things have. Can you imagine pairing one of those appetizers with one of those entrees and desserts? Is there any question why obesity has become "epidemic?"

Thanks for sharing. I just happen to be in a place where all the greasy, rich foods are really repelling me, so it was a good time for me to check them out. But, like Jen and Robin, if I'm in the right mood, I could completely down most of those things - but too much would definitely make me feel sick. (Of course, that doesn't mean I wouldn't do it, much to my chagrine.)

rockinrobin
04-30-2008, 03:27 PM
Oh RockinRobin--- I love you!!! Even after all that weight loss, you still talk like a "normal" person. I too looked at those foods and was DROOLING. It makes me crazy when other people say "I've lost 50 pounds and I don't even crave anything like that anymore. Or I would barely be able to eat a 1/2 slice before I got sick." NOT ME. Oh man, I too could eat that entire pie.

It's just good to know that there are other SUCCESSFUL people out there who still think like me--- let's me know that I can NEVER let my guard down b/c these *thoughts* might not go away forever just b/c I lose the weight.

Jen, I will tell you, my cravings were really gone - for a while. But that have returned. I think it's because when I hit maintenance, I ALLOWED myself the sugary,carby stuff, though in tiny portions and with rules attached and all that. But I've no doubt that's why the cravings have come back.

But as far as eating the entire pie, I probably was exaggerating a bit. I really and truly would not be able to physically get that whole pie down, at least niot in one sitting ;). My stomach has shrunk tremendously and you will see that yours will too. WHAT a blessing.

I did take a peek at the rest of those foods. The only other one that appeals to me, is the worst breakfast. Stuffed pancakes with pecans and I don't remember what else. The other stuff, no intrerest in it at all. Oh not true. I always did like lo mein.

And Jen, sad to say it, we can never let our guards down. Never. But that's okay, I don't want to scare you. There are ways to safeguard against putting the weight back on. All those wonderul new healthy foods that I've found (& adore), the planning ahead, the calorie tracking and oodles of other healthy habits that are now ingrained in me. And oh yeah, AVOIDING LIKE THE PLAGUE, those restaurants mentioned in that article. ;)

EDITED TO ADD: I just looked again. Meatballs and spaghetti are one of my favs, but I can easily pass it up. Same with the pizza.

Rayelle
04-30-2008, 04:48 PM
wow, that is amazing! There were a lot of things that I never even really thought about on that list, thanks for the eye opener!

meowee
04-30-2008, 05:37 PM
I recently picked up the book Eat this; Not That by David Zinczenko (he of the Abs Diet books). You can get it at Amazon or just about anywhere else.

Anyway, it is also an eye opener and definitely lists its No 1 and No 2 exactly as the article you posted does. The good thing about the book though is that it also makes suggestions for just about every fast food chain out there about the better choices as well as the awful choices.

You might enjoy it. :lol:

roxxie rocket
04-30-2008, 05:44 PM
OMG I really had no idea -- LOL no wonder I need to lose weight!! Thanks for the heads up!!

xGurlyGrlx
04-30-2008, 06:33 PM
I have seen this before. I have eaten a few things on that list.

3 Big Macs = Chili's Dessert ?? :barf:

famograham
04-30-2008, 06:36 PM
HOLY CRAP!!!!!
You know, when I was reading that, I was really wondering how the HECK do they even GET that many calories into things!!??

One thing I have learned about restaurants is that the damage can always be reduced. If you are eating a burger (preferably grilled-not breaded chicken) is that you can cut your calories by making sure they don't put mayo, OR butter on your bun. I've found that they will butter and then slather with mayo, which could be HUNDREDS of calories. You really won't be able to tell that much of a difference. Also look out for cheeses and sauteed mushrooms. Mushrooms act like sponges when sauteed.. Lots of veggies, some mustard and pickles make a burger tolerable, calorie wise. I (almost) always order salad with my burger, and if they don't have a light dressing, then I do get ranch, but I just dip my fork in the dressing before each bite, and I use about half a tablespoon that way.

The rest of that stuff DOES look delicious, but most of them are double what we (as losers) should be eating in a day! CRAZINESS! :crazy:

YEESH, they should post the calorie price RIGHT in the menu, right next to the cash price!

:hug:
Linda

wisher
05-01-2008, 01:46 PM
It can be so hard to lose weight if one eats out often. I think that limiting my meals out and about has been one of the most meaningful changes in my weight loss efforts.


This is what I'm trying to do right now, not only to lose weight but also save money! It's hard though, I usually eat out a few times a week, not always at a restaurant but I just mean picking up something somewhere that isn't home! It's hard to cut down but I think it will make a huge difference!

Hopefulpinkangel
05-01-2008, 03:08 PM
WOW :eek::eek: I just went through the whole list with my mouth hanging open from shock! Knowledge is power, I can tell you I won't be eating anything off that list anytime soon. :D

pamatga
05-01-2008, 04:10 PM
I thought that these photos made the food almost look like pig slop. Did anyone else feel that way? None of it made me want to do anything but look for something that was more "eye appealing"---for starters.

I looked at the restaurant names and I have only eaten at two of the ones listed. I ate at a Quizno's in 2002 and I don't even remember what I had. My DH and I consider McDonald's as "emergency" food only. If I am really really caught in a double bind then and only then will I eat there. I have eaten at McDonald's but the nearest one burned down on Good Friday of this year (no joke) so I went to the Arby's next door and got a fish sandwich because I had been fasting all day and I didn't want to topple over during the Passion service that lasts nearly 2 hours. I kept rubbing my tongue on the roof of my mouth. The grease had solidified from the ice I was sucking on from the iced tea I drank with it. Does that sound appealing to you?

I am so grateful that I have stopped that madness. I gained this weight in 1980s by eating 4x a week out for dinner and every morning for breakfast through various drive throughs. What stopped most of that was I got divorced and couldn't afford it financially (think about paying $8 for one burger when you can buy 2 lbs of lean ground sirloin for that!) And, the fact that every time I eat from one of these restaurants I get diarhea from all the added fat in whatever they are cooking. As I have often said, if I would choose to eat one of those monster meat sandwiches dipped in animal fat, why not meet me in the bathroom so I can sit on the toilet while I am eating it? After all, within a half hour, I am there anyway. I developed gall bladder disease and hypertension from eating all of that food. I had the gall bladder out when I was 39. You just can't punish your body like that. It wasn't meant to eat that.

I think the main thing about craving any of this food is if you don't put it in your mouth then you won't crave it. Do I miss it? Once in a great while. I still go out to eat but I am careful to eat a large (read: high calories) meal earlier in the day so I can have time to work it off. I prefer "home style" cooking instead and we have two favorite restaurants--one Asian and one multi culture that we frequent about 3x a month.

Thanks for sharing. ;)

traci in training
05-01-2008, 04:49 PM
I knew the first time I saw one of those bloomin' onion things that it had to be bad, but I didn't know how bad. Jeez!

I'm with whoever said they plan ahead. I always look online for the best choices when we're going to eat somewhere new and I know what to eat when I'm somewhere we've been before. I also think that if you go "outside the menu", you have a good shot at staying on plan.

Most people think you have to order what's on the menu, but you know that's not true. Most places will accommodate whatever you want.

We ate at Red Lobster last weekend and I ordered 1 # of crab legs (no butter), ceasar salad without the dressing and some steamed asparagus. The asparagus on their menu isn't steamed, but if you ask for it they're happy to do it. The chef/cook/whatever even came out to our table and asked if I'd like it roasted with garlic instead with just a touch of olive oil. Said he was roasting some for himself, so he'd share. Cool, huh?

I like Ceasar salad - without the dressing - because you tend to get some nice romaine lettuce instead of the iceberg ick. I usually have a small packet of fat free Italian in my purse, or I just eat it plain.

I also agree with ordering exactly what you want. If I order specifically I find that they bring me what I want.

Of course, I tip well in return. I appreciate their effort.