Maybe you never frequent fast food but you eat at restaurants routinely. Restaurants can be tricky because most of the main course contain 1000+ calories at one setting with 60-80 grams of carbs. This is a recipe for disaster if your trying to lose weight. Today we’re going to take a look at Chili’s.
First, stay away from the appetizers altogether or share them with a friend as a main course. One of the lowest calorie choices is the Triple Dipper Boneless Buffalo Wings at 620 calories and 28 grams of carbs. Sharing them with a friend will lower the calorie count to 310 calories. All other appetizers fall in the 800-1000 calorie range which pushes you over your calorie and carb range.
Another option at Chili’s is the soup. The Chicken Enchilada Bowl comes in at 400 calories and 26 grams of carbs. You can lower the serving size to a cup and reduce the calories to 200 and the carbs to 13 grams. In fact, you can almost go with any of the Chili or Soups if you stick to the cup as a serving versus the bowl. Don’t even bother looking at the sandwiches. They pack a whopping 1100-1500 calories and an absurd 109-140 grams of carbs, I think I gained weight just typing this.
A misconception at many restaurants is salads are a better choice, however at Chili’s you would be wrong. Most of the specialty salads contain as many at 660 calories and 60 grams of carbs with the Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad weighing in at 1030 calories and 59 grams of carbs. The House Salad is an option at 150 calories and 18 grams of carbs without dressing.
The Lighter Choice menu provides some options as well. The Grilled Chicken Salad has 430 calories and 22 grams or carbs. The Lighter Choice 6 oz Classic Sirloin only has 250 calories and only 12 grams of carbs. However just because it says lighter doesn’t mean it will help you lose weight. The Margarita Grilled Chicken with sides has 650 calories and an unreal 72 grams of carbs. Get rid of the sides and the chicken alone is 210 calories with only 10 grams of carbs.
The Southwest Menu is loaded with calories and carbs. Ranging from 550-1740 calories and 50-120 grams of carbs. Your only option is having the chicken fajita without the tortillas which contains 390 calories and 24 grams of carbs.
The secret to eating out and losing weight is making good choices by keeping the calorie count below 450 and the carbs below 30 grams. Do this and you can be successful even when you’re eating out.
Helping You Make Good Choices,