Lifechangers: Frightening Food Facts from David Zinczenko

"Extra" Lifechanger David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine and author of "Eat This, Not That," exposes some ugly restaurant secrets.


"You have to be careful at Applebee's, to avoid the fat-splosion," Zinczenko warned. "The provolone-stuffed meatballs with fettucine is 1,500 calories, the equivalent of eating 148 Whoppers Malted Milk Balls (nearly two-and-a-half 5-oz. boxes)! You might be better off going with their spicy Diablo pasta dish, saving 1,000 calories and two full days of saturated fat."

Then there's the sugary breakfast, which the nutritionist said is a big no-no. "If you are going to IHOP and getting cheesecake pancakes, go back to bed and try again. They are 1,300 calories, the equivalent of 28 chicken nuggets. If you insist on having dessert for breakfast, get chocolate chip pancakes and save 600 calories."

If you also must have fast food, Zinczenko has a few tips. "If you are heading to KFC, stay on the grilled side of the menu. Instead of the Double Down, which is bacon and cheese between two pieces of fried chicken, get the grilled Doubleicious and save 160 calories."

Take note of this fact about fast food: "Someone took a fast food burger and left it out for six months," Zinczenko explaind. "He took a bunch of pictures of it. After six months, it didn't decompose. Fast food burgers are treated with ammonia to keep them from decomposing. If it can go bad, it's good for you, if it can't go bad, it's bad for you."

You can create healthier meals at home with recipes from Zinczenko's newest book, "Cook This, Not That." Says Dave, "The book is all about making meals in minutes that are going to save you money, calories and time!"