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Dining out is fun, but it can be a dieting disaster.  Here are some tips on how to survive your favorite restaurant chains.


-Ask that no sauce, oil or butter is used in your dish.

-Order double veggies instead of a starch.

-Do your homework. Call ahead or research the restaurant menu nutritionals online.

-Don't trust yourself to doggie-bag half your entree? Ask if the chain offers half or lunch-sized portions.


Think all salads are healthy? Don't be a fool...

Ruby Tuesday Carolina Chicken Salad - 880 cal, 62g, fat, 31 net carbs (w/out dressing!)

Chili's Southwest Cobb Salad - 1,186 cal, 86g fat, 44 carbs

Macaroni Grill's Grilled Tenderloin Salad - 979 cal, 74g fat, 8 carbs

A Big Mis-Steak!

Be especially careful when ordering beef. Opt for the smallest cut of steak the restaurant offers. At Denny's, the 14 oz. T-Bone has around 850 calories, while the 8 oz. sirloin has about 330. Be sure to avoid the "two steaks in one" Porterhouse. At Outback Steakhouse, the 20 oz. Porterhouse has almost 1300 calories! But that's nothing compared to the Claim Jumper's Sirloin Steak Dinner. This unbearably nightmarish weight-gainer packs in a whopping 3,520 calories, 249 grams of fat and 223 carbs!  Holy cow!

Go Fish!

Seafood contains heart-healthy Omega 3's and has fewer calories than other sources of protein. Here are some great seafood options:

-Applebees Grilled Tilapia w/ Mango Salsa (340 cal, 8g fat)

-PF Chang's Hot Fish (202 cal 10g fat for 1/4 dish)

-Chili's Grilled Salmon w/ Veggies (412 cal, 20g fat)

-Macaroni Grill's Mediterranean Shrimp (197 cal, .5g fat)

Here are some of our favorite fantastic diet-friendly dishes...

PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - 1/2 order 230 cal, 5g fat

Olive Garden Linguini alla Marinara - 280 cal., 6g fat

Applebee's Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake - 230 cal, 3g fat

Today, October 22, is National Nut Day. Celebrate with a few almonds. They have more fiber and about 5-10 times the amount of Vitamin E of other nuts!

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