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9 Things You Should Never Order When You Eat Out

Although eating out can be an amazing experience, it’s important to refrain from making it a habit. Not only will you spend tons of money but you will put yourself at risk for unhealthy food choices. People tend to eat much more when they are out, possibly due to portion sizes. They also end up eating foods that could potentially harm their health, and their waistline.

*Related: 10 Health Risks of Obesity

Take precaution and educate yourself on some of the many things you should never order when you eat out.

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Rum and Diet Soda

Just because it says “diet” doesn’t mean that it's healthy for you, and mixing it with alcohol only makes it worse. Research has concluded that there is “a 43 percent increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke among individuals who habitually consumed a daily diet soda compared to those who don’t drink diet sodas or drink them sparingly.”

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Bread

Once you sit at your table, restaurants usually serve bread to you shorty after. As tempting as the warm, soft bread on your table may be, you should avoid eating it at all costs. It is full of unnecessary carbs and it usually comes served with olive oil. You will end up consuming tons of calories before you eat your entrée.

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Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa is a favorite among Americans. But when you’re out to eat and you order the bottomless chips before your meal comes, you are presenting a risk to your waistline. Instead of chips, order a veggie plate.

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Tap Water

Drinking tap water is a health risk waiting to happen. Water sitting at room temperature for too long has the potential for harboring bacteria. Not to mention, if you’re drinking water that comes from a tap, you don’t actually know how clean it is.

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Drinks With Free Refills

Drinking water or black coffee? Go ahead and have a second cup. But if you’re drinking sodas and sweetened beverages, stick to one glass. 8 fl. oz. of Pepsi has 100 calories, 28g of carbs, 20mg of sodium and 28g of sugar, while one cup of lemonade has 99 calories, about 24g of sugar and approximately 25g of carbs.

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Free Bar Snacks

Eat at your own risk. Numerous people are digging their hands in the peanuts sitting at the bar, a number of which have not washed their hands. Unless you want to consume food covered in bacteria, you should avoid eating out of the community bowl at all costs.

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Cheese Fries

Yes, they are delicious and addicting – you eat one and before you know it the entire plate is empty. A 3-ounce portion of French fries has about 245 to 275 calories; add an ounce of shredded cheddar cheese and you’re getting another 115 calories, livestrong.com explains. “Also keep in mind that more than half the calories in cheese fries come from fat.”

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Water With Lemon

While water is a great drink choice, you might want to reconsider adding lemon. Citrus fruits have numerous health benefits, but when you don’t know where your fruit has been, you should avoid adding it to your beverage. Studies have found that lemons from some restaurants are contaminated with bacteria.

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Fettucine Alfredo

This thick and creamy entrée is a popular menu item, but also a very unhealthy one. It will definitely harm your waistline. 1 serving of Fettuccine Alfredo has about 603 calories, 19g of fat, 114mg of cholesterol, 61g of carbs and 1003mg of sodium, according to Calorieking.

9 Things You Should Never Order When You Eat Out