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These Are the Unhealthiest Restaurant Meals in America

It’s no secret that a lot of fast food spots + restaurant chains aren’t the healthiest options when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also not a shocker: Most of the time those menu combos or seasonal specials almost reach or exceed the recommended 2,000 calories per day quota in one serving. A recently released report rounded up nearly two hands’ worth of the most unhealthy restaurant meals calorie-wise you could indulge in throughout the US. The results will definitely encourage you to recreate one of these healthier versions at home.


Restaurant Confidential’s Xtreme Eating 2015 report highlights nine meals from some of the nation’s top chains that reach more than 2,000 calories from one plate of food. Check ’em out below, but prepare yourself for the inevitable feeling of queasiness.

The Worst Restaurant Meals In America

1. Red Lobster’s Create Your Own Combo: When you combine three of Red Lobster’s signature shrimp dishes together, they add up to a whooping 2,710 calories for one jumbo plate. And don’t forget those biscuits.

2. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s 3 Meat Plate: A plate filled with sausage, pork ribs and beef brisket with fried onion tanglers, mac + cheese and complimentary soft-serve for dessert piles up to a whopping 2,500 calories in one gluttonous dinner affair.

3. Outback Steakhouse’s Herb Roasted Prime Rib Dinner: This 16 oz. slab of meat, a blue cheese wedge and baked potato tap out at 2,400 calories for one meal. Be prepared to be full for a few days after this one.

4. Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Chicken Pasta: This meal alone weighs one and a half pounds, so you know it’s not good for that waistline. This pasta meal totals 2,370 calories and a sadface.

5. Uno Pizzeria + Grill’s 2 for $12 Pick + Choose: A baked ziti + sausage pasta and Chicago classic deep dish pizza combo adds up to 2,190 calories. Please, if you’re ordering this one, share it with company.

sonic milkshake

6. Sonic’s Pineapple Upside-Down Master Blast Shake: If you’re looking for a drink to fill you up for the entire day, this 2,020 calorie-filled frozen beverage will do the trick.

7. IHOP Chorizo Fiesta Omelette + Pancakes: With 1,990 calories, you’d be starting your day out with literally no wiggle room for another meal — so it better be a good one.

8. Cheesecake Factory’s Warm Apple Pie Crisp: At 1,740 calories, you could just eat two slices of cheesecake instead. YIKES!

steak n shake 7x7

9. Steak ‘n Shake’s 7×7 Steakburger ‘n Fries: No one needs to consume seven beef patties in one sitting, but in case you’re feeling the urge, this one will clock in at 1,330 calories. We’re kind of surprised that total isn’t higher.

Have you had any of these bad-for-your-health restaurant meals? Let us know in the comments.

(h/t People, photos via IHOP, @redlobster, Sonic + Steak ‘n Shake)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)