You don’t have to look very far to find unhealthy food options in restaurants. The sad but true reality is, the entire population keeps getting bigger, and I don’t feel it’s out of the question that this is causing the world to slightly tilt off its axis.

That might be a little far-fetched, but what lies behind restaurant kitchen walls and makes its way to your table is not. We’re talking major high-calorie foods laden with saturated fat, trans fat and any number of other unsavory contaminants that don’t belong on a plate, let alone in your body. If you love yourself, then do your best to avoid the foods below at all cost! Or else it could cost you dearly in the future.

Blooming Onions

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Blooming Onions

Ah yes, the good old blooming onion. I’m sure if you’ve stepped foot in a steak house, you’ve fixed your eyes on one of these babies. You may have even shared one or consumed a whole one by yourself. I would advise against both options, going forward.

Do you know how a blooming onion is prepared? It’s covered with white flour and tossed into a deep fryer. You now have two strikes against you! White flour is a simple carb and anything deep fried is going to be off the charts with saturated fat content.

Here’s where the story takes a turn for the worst. When you order a blooming onion, it is accompanied with some special sauce. A cream-based special sauce that is also high in fat and calories. By the time you take the last bite, provided you eat the entire thing, you can be flirting with 2,000 calories!

Oh, and did I mention these are advertised as appetizers?! Sheesh! That’s more calories than I eat in an entire day sometimes. I think you get the point here. Keep them off your must-have list.

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Loaded Baked Potato

I have to bring this up because some people have a false sense of security when it comes to baked potatoes. A plain baked potato is not a horrible option. What goes ON the potato is what makes it dangerous.

You will often see “loaded” baked potatoes on a menu. They are loaded with such ingredients as bacon, cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese and gravy. Just writing these words gives me a belly ache and makes my heart pound.

It’s not out of the question for a larger one of these to eclipse the 1,000-calorie mark. So be very aware of what’s going on here. If you MUST have a baked potato, keep it plain and add ketchup or salsa for a lower calorie treat. Before we leave the topic of potatoes, french fries fall into the do not eat category as well. They’re nothing more than empty, deep-fried calories with very little redeemable qualities.

Potato and Pasta Salads

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You wouldn’t think much of these if you look through a restaurant window, but be leery. Salads like this are high in simple carbs, saturated fat and calories. That’s because most of them have a base of mayonnaise, which is a calorie bomb in and of itself.

Swirl it around with some potatoes or pasta and you are immediately in trouble. And the biggest problem is, you find these salads on a salad bar, which is supposed to be healthy. Don’t be fooled. Steer clear completely or just have a thimble-sized portion so you don’t feel deprived.

Burritos

Hello, did you really think you could get away with eating a burrito? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t. Sure they look and taste great, but the fact that they are approximately the length of a kindergartner’s forearm should be a dead giveaway that they’re not good options.

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I’m guessing the tortilla part alone is probably around 300 calories. Then you have to deal with the filling. Even a vegetarian burrito that’s packed with cheese, beans, rice and guacamole will sit in your belly like freshly poured concrete. It’s not out of the question for one of these to have nearly 1,200 calories.

Now add an unhealthful portion of poorly prepared chicken, shrimp, beef or chorizo to that and you have an enorme problema! No buen amigo. Before I leave the topic of Mexican fare, I have to give a dishonorable mention to margaritas. Yes, I know they’re not foods, but chances are you like them and I need you to know the truth.

Simply put, they are calorie bombs. If you sat at your table like a boss, sipping on a margarita before your burrito arrives, you would be setting yourself up for one heck of a caloric overload. On average, a 10-ounce margarita, which is the size of the one in that big fancy, glass, is 550 calories. Spare your waistline the agony by sipping on water with cucumber slices instead.

Ribs

Ribs

I think I will close this out with baby back ribs. A full rack ensconced in butter and that wonderful smelling sauce is easily over 1,200 calories. They are high in saturated fat, simple sugars and protein, which is the only good aspect to consider. I guess one out of three isn’t bad, but it’s still not good enough to warrant the use of these as a meal.

In closing, do not fear going out to eat. You just need to know what to look and ask for. Anything that is smothered in butter, cheese, sauce or gravy should be avoided. Always ask for your food to be baked, broiled, poached or steamed. Follow these rules wherever you go and after a while, you’ll get the hang of it. If you still find yourself lost, look me up and I’ll happily guide you in the right direction.

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