Dining Out: High Calories and Fat

Could eating out be sabotaging weight loss goals?
3:00 | 01/08/14

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Next, here tonight, we have some important news for the next time you take your family out to dinner. calories in unexpected ways at popular restaurants. More calories than you're supposed to have in a day. And abc's linsey davis looks at what's on your plate. Reporter: Ah, dinner out. But hold the fork. The cheesecake factory's pasta carbonara with chicken 2,290 calories. That's more calories than you're supposed to eat in an entire day. Same with applebee's riblet platter weighing in at 2,100 calories. Today's study looked closely at all the meals we eat at what's called full-service chain restaurants. The researchers found the average adult meal at these restaurants an entree, side dish, and half of an appetizer averages about 1,500 calories. Add in a beverage and half a dessert, and you're taking a whopping 2,020 calories. Again remember you're supposed to only have 2,000 calories all day. The numbers seem to come as a surprise to many. Actually, 1,220. Reporter: Studies find that many meals at these sitdown, full-service chains have even more calories than meals at fast food restaurants. In fact, you could actually have two McDonald's quarter-pounder cheese value meals with fries and a 16 ounce coke for the same calories as friendly's loaded fries which is considered an appetizer. One of the biggest factors, portion size. We put a fast food meal and sitdown chain restaurant one on the scale. And look. Almost one-third of a pound more. That doesn't surprise me. You can go into a fast food restaurant and come out with a reasonably appropriate amount of calories. Reporter: Just a little food for thought for the next time your family plans that dinner out. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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