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Jan 21, 2008

Fattening Food For Winter

These hearty dishes can make you feel anything but satisfied when you step on the scale.

Macaroni and cheese. This classic comfort dish is loaded with fat and calories. What's more, some restaurants are adding insult to injury by offering deep-fried mac and cheese—as if the old-fashioned kind wasn't bad enough!

Cream-based soups or chowders. Although soup may have a reputation as a low-calorie meal option, heavy chowders and cream-based soups don't fall under that category. A 12-ounce bowl of clam chowder from Au Bon Pain contains 337 calories and more than 20 grams of fat.

Pot pies. Made with either beef or chicken, plus potatoes, carrots, and onions, pot pies may sound healthy, but in reality, they’re loaded with oil and fat. A Marie Callender's frozen Chicken Pot Pie packs a whopping 670 calories and 41 grams of fat, 14 of which are saturated fat. Fried side dishes. French fries, onion rings, and mozzarella sticks are tempting, but consider the calories and fat. A large order of Wendy's French fries has 540 calories and 26 grams of fat, and just one-quarter of an Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion appetizer with dressing packs 577 calories and 33 grams of fat.

Cheesecake. Loaded with cheese, eggs, and sugar, this heavenly dessert can be a nutritional nightmare. One slice of Sara Lee New York-Style Creamy Cheesecake contains 420 calories and 31 grams of fat.

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