To prevent weight gain, always check this first

The other night I went to Lazy Dog Restaurant planning to have the Ginger Soy Salmon with brown rice, but decided against it when I saw that this entree contains 1050 calories. Wow! Who would have thought such a healthy-sounding dish has that many calories. I’m so glad that I checked the nutritional information before ordering. I chose the Spicy Thai Chicken Salad that has only 440 calories instead. That salad was flavorful, spicy, and crisp. It was delicious and I plan to order it again the next time I eat there.

Thank goodness large chains are now required to list all calories, fat, salt, carbs, fiber and protein; and provide this information to customers when asked. At P.F. Chang’s, the Chicken Lettuce Wraps are 530 calories and that’s just an appetizer! I used to get the combo Lo Mein at P.F. Chang’s, but I had no idea it’s 880 calories and has a whopping 3400 mg of salt. No wonder I was stuffed and thirsty afterwards! Another dish I used to get every time at the Cheesecake Factory was the Luau Salad, but I’m not ordering the dinner portion anymore at 800 calories.

Remember to look over the nutritional information or ask how the dish is prepared the next time you go out to eat. Knowing this data can either help you gain or lose weight. At least now, the choice is yours!

2 Comments on “To prevent weight gain, always check this first

  1. It’s amazing how many calories are in the restaurant dishes. Now, if I go out with friends, we split a dish and that just about gives us the right amount of calories per meal. A friend’s son is a chef and I learned that the restaurants use tons of salt in meal preparation – way too much for a healthy diet. Plus, the portions are also too much.

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