The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices
Home to the 16-ounce steak and the 2,700-calorie dessert, Outback is for big appetites and big groups, crocodile hunters, and other people with nerves -- and arteries -- of steel. The restaurant chain does offer menu suggestions for people concerned about their heart health, carb, sugar, sodium, or MSG intake, or food allergies (including gluten) -- but no nutritional breakouts. You can, however, request that your food be prepared without butter, glaze, or seasoning, allowing you to control how much you fatten and salt your meals. Remember to do this, and you'll add years to your life!Calorie Bombs Bloomin' Onion Appetizer
This could be called "The Bloomin' Butt." Outback representatives say this is meant to be shared with a group, but the onion -- healthy and flavorful on its own --- provides a whole lot of surface area to absorb fat, Dr. Kessler explains. Here it's fried in batter and topped with "spicy signature bloom sauce" -- layering salt on sugar on fat.Aussie Cheese Fries Appetizer
Make sure there are at least five of you digging into this plate! Cheese fries come under particular condemnation from Kessler. "The potato base is a simple carbohydrate, which quickly breaks down to sugar in the body. Once it's fried and layered with cheese, we're eating salt on fat on fat on sugar." And that's not even to mention the bacon and the ranch dressing.Baby Back Ribs (full rack)
Can you count the sins in here? A full rack of ribs smoked, grilled, coated in BBQ sauce, and served with Aussie fries. That's what's known as fat on fat on sugar on fat on fat.Healthier Alternatives Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer (small)
From a calorie and fat perspective, you can't really go wrong with seared Ahi tuna. Split this with someone as an app so you can still indulge in one of the (lower-cal) entree runner-ups.Prime Rib (8 ounces)
You are at a steakhouse, so if it's meat you're craving, opt for this one. It's a healthy size, and if you ask them to prepare it without butter, it will still be delicious while sparing you the artery-clogging cholesterol and diet-crushing calories.Shrimp on the Barbie (half-order)
Finally, shrimp that isn't deep fried, drowning in glaze, or piled on a plate designed to feed orca.
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