6 Restaurant Salads You Should Never Eat To Lose Weight

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Avoid These 1000 Calorie Salads When Eating Out At Restaurants

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 6 restaurant salads you should never eat to lose weight, since they all contain over 1,000 calories.

All right, here’s the deal.

Your goal is to lose weight.

However, for some reason you end up at one of those chain restaurants where you know you shouldn’t be eating.

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Now you’re feeling scared and guilty to order the wrong thing.

So to be safe, your eyes head directly to the salad section of the menu.

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Guess what?

Ordering a salad doesn’t guarantee you’re in the safe zone from the fattening and calorie crushing plates.

Don’t be fooled Live Leaner.

Just because something says salad, it does not guarantee that it’s a healthy Live Lean approved option for weight loss.

If you’re confused at what’s classified as a healthy salad, and what’s not, I got your back.

6 Restaurant Salads You Should Never Eat To Lose Weight

I’ve reviewed the nutrition information of today’s most popular eat out restaurants.

Here are the 6 restaurant salads you should never eat to lose weight, when eating out.

I’ve also included healthier options as well.

Before we get started, scroll to the comment section below and tell me which eat out restaurant do you think has the most unhealthy salad that is more than 1,500 calories.

All right, let’s go.

Let’s start with the 6th worst salad for weight loss, then we’ll make our way down to the #1 worst.

#6. Friendly’s

Worst Salad At Friendly’s: Crispy Chicken Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing:

  • Calories: 1,020
  • Protein: 39g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fat: 69g

If your goal is weight loss, you can cut the fattening calories by 56%, while increasing your muscle building protein, by having the following healthier salad option.

Healthier Salad Alternative At Friendly’s: Turkey Tip And Avocado Salad With Fat Free Italian Dressing:

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fat: 16g

43 grams is a great amount of protein for a salad.

Let’s move on.

#5. Baja Fresh

Worst Salad At Baja Fresh: Tostada Steak Salad:

  • Calories: 1,230
  • Protein: 65g
  • Carbohydrates: 98g
  • Fat: 63g

If your goal is weight loss, cut the belly busting calories by 75%, by having the following healthier salad option.

Healthier Salad Alternative At Baja Fresh: Ensalada Chicken Salad:

  • Calories: 310
  • Protein: 46g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 7g

This salad is a winner.

#4. IHOP

Worst Salad At IHOP: Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad With Avocado:

  • Calories: 1,350
  • Protein: 63g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fat: 104g

If your goal is weight loss, cut those flabby calories by 51%, by having the following healthier salad option.

Healthier Salad Alternative At IHOP: Citrus Chicken Pecan Salad:

  • Calories: 660
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fat: 42g

Let’s keep moving on.

#3. Applebee’s

Worst Salad At Applebee’s: Oriental Chicken Salad:

  • Calories: 1,400
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbohydrates: 92g
  • Fat: 99g

If your goal is weight loss, I want you to drop 1,000 calories from that meal, by having the following healthier salad option.

Healthier Salad Alternative At Applebee’s: Grilled Chicken Caesar ½ Size Salad:

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fat: 28g

#2. California Pizza Kitchen

Worst Salad At California Pizza Kitchen: Full Moroccan Spiced Chicken Salad:

  • Calories: 1,500
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbohydrates: 128g
  • Fat: 99g

1,500 calories?

Really?

If your goal is weight loss, be smart by cutting the fattening calories by 79%, by having the following healthier salad option.

Healthier Salad Alternative At California Pizza Kitchen: Classic Caesar ½ Salad With Grilled Shrimp:

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fat: 20g

#1. The Cheesecake Factory

Worst Salad At The Cheesecake Factory: Caesar Salad With Chicken:

  • Calories: 1,500
  • Protein: 60g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fat: 119g

The #1 worst salad goes to The Cheesecake Factory.

At the time of filming this video in April 2015, The Cheesecake Factory did not provide nutrition information on their website.

However, in June 2022, the above nutrition information was listed on their website.

Healthier Salad Alternative At The Cheesecake Factory: Skinnylicious Factory Chopped Salad:

Calories: 530
Protein: 35g
Carbohydrates: 34g
Fat: 30g

Bottom Line On The 6 Restaurant Salads You Should Never Eat To Lose Weight

Don’t be fooled with the term salad.

As I just showed you, all 6 of the worst salads were over 1,000 calories.

This proves that you can still do major damage to your diet with salad.

To be honest, some of the names of these 1,000+ calorie salads actually do sound pretty healthy.

If you’re going out to eat, it’s best to take 5 minutes to go check out the online nutrition facts on the restaurant’s website.

Better yet, save yourself money, save yourself the calories, and enjoy a nice home cooked meal at home with your family.

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30 responses to “6 Restaurant Salads You Should Never Eat To Lose Weight

  1. Doctor, my husband is on a diet. He eats salads every day but he gain 3
    time the amount of wait since he started. and I have too.
    DOCTOR: AND what type of Salad have you both been eating WIFE: O, he loves
    the one they serve at the Cheese Cake Factory
    DOCTOR: NOOOOOOOOOOOKOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

  2. Hay, Honey. Lets go out to eat. I’m on a diet remember. OK , let’s go to
    the Cheese Cake Factory, I heard thy got a real good Salad.
    Wow, thIs diet thing is not too bad. Mm mmm, after eating that Salad I felt
    like I ate 10 Quater pound Cheese burgers, 10 milk shakes and 10 lbs of
    fries. Lets do Apple Bees Salad tomorrow. WIFE: “Honey, I love you. Thanks
    for sticking to your diet” Brrrrrrrrrrrp!!!!!!!!!

  3. In all these salads, what are the major contributing ingredients to the
    excess calories? I eat salads for lunch everyday – greens, nuts; grilled
    meat, egg white and a sprinkle (about a tablespoon) of crumbled feta. I’m
    not a calorie counter so I’m starting to wonder if my custom salad is
    working against me!

  4. Well if you’re going to Cheesecake Factory, I doubt you’re going their for
    their salad. That is crazy on the nutritional facts on those salads.

  5. I got fooled by the term ‘salad’ too back in the day. It wasn’t until the restaurants and fast food chains released their nutrition data that I figured out that the salads packed more calories than some of the entrees.

  6. McDonald’s grilled chicken southwest salad isn’t bad in a pinch! One of my
    go to meals if I must eat fast food.

  7. Hey guys I need a little advice. So I am 14 and I like my body. Though you
    can see my rib cage and my abs. My back looks like a human figure with skin
    on it. So I count my calories but is it really needed? Should I just eat
    clean or count my calories please reply thanks!

  8. hey brad if you call the home office of the cheesecake factory they will give you the calorie counts
    but that is pretty much it

  9. Luckily I never eat at these places. Incredible totals on those salads.
    It is just best to eat in. Much safer and tastes better to make it
    yourself. If I do need a break from cooking, my meal out is strategically
    chosen. Hehe. Thanks for the vid.

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