‘Eat This Not That’: Avoiding Disaster Desserts

by | June 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM | General, TV News

You can have your cake in a restaurant and still eat sort of healthy. Or an ice cream sundae.

So says Men’s Health editor-in-chief David Zinczenko, the author of the bestselling “Eat This Not That” books.

Appearing on “Today” over the weekend, Zinczenko dished on sinful restaurant desserts and their healthier alternatives by comparing the calories and fat in menu items from chain favorites Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday and Red Lobster.

“You can lose weight while indulging wisely,” he explained to “Today” weekend host Lester Holt.

Restaurant desserts that will wreck your diet and their healthier alternatives:

Applebee’s
- Eat This: Hot Fudge Sundae Shooter (380 calories, 20g fat, 49g carbohydrates)
- Not That: Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae (1,580 calories, 76g fat, 216g carbohydrates)

Olive Garden
- Eat This: Dark Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mouse and Caramel Cream Dolcini (270 calories, 18g fat, 25g carbohydrates)
- Not That: Zeppoli with Chocolate Sauce (1,130 calories, 37.5g fat, 175g carbohydrates)

Ruby Tuesday
- Eat This: Red Velvet Cupcake (285 calories, 11g fat, 5g carbohydrates)
- Not That: Italian Cream Cake (990 calories, 56g fat, 10g carbohydrates)

Red Lobster
- Eat This: Key Lime Pie (580 calories, 22g fat, 88g carbohydrates)
- Not That: Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie (1,070 calories, 51g fat, 142g carbohydrates)

The best-selling “Eat This Not That” series of books was birthed from a magazine column written by Zinczenko and Matt Goulding for Men’s Health. The point was to help Americans make healthier food choices at their favorite restaurants and the series has proved an instant hit upon its debut in 2007. As of 2010, the franchise has sold more than 6 million copies.

For more shocking “Eat This Not That” statistics, visit their web site.

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