The nanny-like Center for Science in the Public Interest has disclosed this years Xtreme Eating 2010 list. This year they’ve aimed there laser-like sensationalistic dietary probes at the following fine dining institues:
- Five Guys Burger and Fries
- Cheesecake Factory
- California Pizza Factory
- P. F. Chang’s
- Outback Steakhouse
- Chevy’s Tex Mex
- Bob Evan’s
With the surprising shocker that these houses of hash have menu items that are full of calorie laden entrees. I’m shocked, shocked… actually, I’m not… and really, CSPI you are a bunch of amateur hacks! Have you never seen an episode of Man versus Food, or Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? Them there shows can really show you how to stack on the calories!
Now, if you haven’t been paying attention, I’ve been on a weight-loss journey for the past 8 months (and probably for another 8 months, and possibly even beyond that!) and while staying within my calorie goals have managed to dine rather successfully at the aforementioned eating establishments (and others too!).
Five Guys isn’t too bad, hold the cheese, share the small fries with my son, and I’m out the door with about 900 calories (not to say that pre-diet I would scarf down 2000 calories with hardly batting an eye). Logging my calories has opened my eyes to what I used to eat, and I’m much happier keeping within the boundaries of my calorie counting way.
I will say I don’t like eating at Cheesecake Factory because they don’t publish nutritional information either on their website, or in their menus. To earn my business, restaurants should provide nutritional information in an easy to understand manner. The Lose It! application has a good selection of Restaurants that do provide their menus nutritional information publically. Which Five Guys Burgers and Fries does, even though they top the list of the CSPI’s bad boy’s of food, I’m not thinking a lot of people go to Five Guys for their lighter fare. It’s a hamburger joint for cripes sake.
The key, in my journey, is to know what I’m going to eat, and even plan my restaurant visit before I get there, knowing that I might eat a lighter lunch, or add a few more minutes at the gym to keep on track. And sometimes, the more rare the better, it’s okay to let loose and get a belt-buster, and then get back on track the next day. No guilt, steady progress, keep moving.