Shocking Lunches Over 1,000 Calories

So many people sabotage their diet by simply playing the menu guessing game. The game goes a little something like this. “Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, I bet the calories in this meal are low.”

As dieters look over the menu, they make 3 mistakes. One, they choose healthy sounding meals like “salads” or “sandwiches” because it sounds “light”. Second, they think anything with chicken and fish that’s not fried must be healthy. Third, they’re under the impression a lunch portion is a lot lower in calories. Although smaller portions are great, and white meat is normally healthier than red meat, your waistline deserves more than just guesses.

Applebee's Oriental Grilled Chicken SaladEating out can be dangerous for dieters – but not impossible. I always say “know what you eat, eat what you know“. I’m not sure how you feel about this, but I work way to hard in the gym to throw it all away on one bad guess. So, if I eat out, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to look up the nutritional information BEFORE I order.

10 High-Calorie Lunches

It’s easy to waste an entire’s day’s caloric budget on one poor lunch choice if you aren’t careful. Look how fast these salads, sandwiches, wraps and lunch portions add up!

  • Ruby Tuesday’s Carolina Chicken Salad: 1,047
  • Crispers’ Citrus Chicken Wrap: $1,270
  • Chili’s Chicken Ranch Sandwhich (without fries): 1,150 
  • Cheesecake Factory’s Miso Salmon (lunch size): 1,184
  • TGI Friday’s Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad: 1,100
  • Denny’s Hickory Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 1,020
  • Applebee’s Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad: 1,250
  • Boston Market’s Turkey BLT Sandwich: 1,030
  • P.F. Chang’s Almond & Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice Lunch Bowl: 1,070
  • TGI Friday’s Caribbean Chicken Sandwich: 1,170

Tips to Dining Out:

Every single one of the above restaurants had low-calorie choices. It’s up to YOU to find out what those are and to make good choices.

1. Ask your waiter for nutritional information
2. Use an app, like LoseIt app for quick access to popular restuarants
3. Look it up online before you even leave work or home
4. Don’t even look at the menu and just request what you need to eat 
5. If you can’t control yourself around a menu, then start packing your lunch 

Make good decisions based on knowledge, not guesses – and get results this year!

CLICK HERE to see the Worst Sandwiches by WebMD.

high-calorie sandwhiches

CLICK HERE to see the BEST lunches from The Daily Beast.

Apricot Chicken Olive Garden


About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, PFOODIE, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Such a great reminder for people. I find it hard when dining out with people just starting and they get a salad I know has a ton of calories and they say to the tone of “hey, look- I am getting a salad, aren’t you proud?”. I never know how to respond. While I am happy they are switching to more veggies they are still coated in dressing, bacon, and croutons. How would you respond?

    • TOOOOOTALLY!! We just need to educate them and encourage them to learn more 🙂 Of course, it also depends on how serious they are about dieting. If they are just dabbling in it, I drop hints to make them think later but if they are seriously working hard to lose weight, then I’d go as far to ask them how many calories they think is in it and then look it up to show them how off they are. They may hate me then, but they’ll thank me later! 🙂

  2. Holy Moly! Eat vegetables and fruits. If you want some meat then definitely fish.

  3. Most would look at those and think “it’s a chicken sandwich/salad, it must be lower cal than the burger.” All but one of those is chicken

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