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Is there a way to estimate calorie counts at restaurants where no calories are listed?

by Anonymousreply 1108/24/2013

OP, You'd really have to know how each dish was made and whether or not is was low-fat. There are copy cat recipes online; that doesn't guarantee anything. One fine dining chef claims that his meals taste so good because they're 1/3 butter.

by Anonymousreply 108/22/2013

If you are knowledgeable to approximate the ingredients in the dish & know calorie counts of the individual items, sure.

by Anonymousreply 208/22/2013

Not really. When I am hard core dieting, and need to eat out, I stick to chains because I can check calories and fat online.

by Anonymousreply 308/22/2013

It's always more than you'd realize or guess.

There's a REASON it tastes so good!

by Anonymousreply 408/22/2013

Just get steamed vegetables.

by Anonymousreply 508/22/2013

Just put in what you think and add 30%.

by Anonymousreply 608/22/2013

r6 I was gonna' say double it. Split the difference?

by Anonymousreply 708/22/2013

R3 Me, too. It's interesting how many chains fought against the requirement to print the calorie information on their menus for fear of scaring people off, but in fact it has made me more likely to go to places that provide that information when I'm trying to watch my weight.

I think the smoking ban had a similar effect-- restaurants fought against it but it probably either had no effect or actually increased their business. (Now if casinos would learn that lesson ...)

When I eat in restaurants that don't offer nutritional data, I try to order something sensible and have them leave off anything "dangerous" (like cheese or mayo) and then eat only half of what they bring me.

by Anonymousreply 808/22/2013

Yes. Yes OP there is. Just order the steamed vegetables. Yummers!

by Anonymousreply 908/24/2013

Oops,sorry R5. Should've read the thread but just had to...

by Anonymousreply 1008/24/2013

Just go out to restaurants as your cheat meal. Or tell the server you're on a diet, what do they recommend? Or get a steak and some lower carb veggies, salad with vinegar dressing. Don't eat at a fucking chain. Gross.

by Anonymousreply 1108/24/2013
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