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Worst restaurant for dieters: The Cheesecake Factory

by hbmarsh
(reston, va usa)

1. The Cheesecake Factory
Bethesda, MD

2. They have delicious food that they serve in very large portions. There is also a great variety to choose from. Even though they are a chain restaurant, they serve excellent Italian food especially, and good wine.

3. They have over 50 different kinds of cheesecake, so the desserts are delicious, rich, and very fattening!

4. The food is heavy with sauces, cream, butter, and oil. The desserts are to die for, and there's a huge variety, Very fattening! And they're delicious. It's very tempting to start a meal with the variety of appetizers that they offer, especially the calamari, which I love. Then follow that up with a large-portioned, delicious pasta meal. And you can't go to the Cheesecake Factory without trying their famous cheesecake.'s easy to eat thousands of calories in one meal. There's so much variety that it's almost impossible to choose something healthy and virtuous. The Cheesecake Factory is a diet-killing establishment due to the quality, variety, and portions of their food.

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Cheesecake my dismay
by: Bradley Keen, Atlanta, GA

I agree. When trying to lose weight, the worst restaurant to attempt to dine at is The Cheesecake Factory.

There are various locations in the United States, but I recently went to the one in Atlanta and was outraged by my lack of healthy options.

For starters, the portions are out of control. One dish can easily feed two or three people and there would still be left overs.

So I ordered a salad, thinking it would be a "healthy" choice. Unfortunately, due to it being saturated in dressing and the mound of toppings piled on top of the lettuces, I realized I might as well just ordered something fried so I could have at least enjoyed it.

Lastly, there's the cheesecake. You can't really go to a place called "The Cheesecake Factory" without wanting some dessert. Once again, the portion of cheesecake received is far more than an individual needs. And to my dismay, the "lowest calorie" option is a slice of plain cheesecake with an unfathomable 1,000 calories!

Yup - it's True
by: SED

Yup, it's true. The Cheesecake Factory is the dieter's downfall, but only if you let it be. As some people have already said, going to the Cheesecake Factory doesn't mean you have to eat every morsel on your plate. There ARE "To Go" boxes and doggie bags: don't be afraid to use them! I love ordering something and getting a HUGE plate of food. It makes me feel like the lunch or dinner was worth the price, especially if I can take some home and have it for another day or two.

I live close to a Cheesecake Factory but don't go there very often (maybe twice a year). I will order whatever looks good to me at the time and I will definitely take part of it home with me. I always make sure that I'm back on my exercise program before I go there, so I'm exercise up to the time of my visit and afterwards. Then, it isn't such a bad thing.

The portions of the main meals are huge, but the cheesecake itself isn't that large (at least not for what they charge you). I sometimes will eat the whole dessert while I'm there because day-old cheesecake just isn't that good.

Two other restaurants that rival the Cheesecake Factory for me are Junior's in Brooklyn, NY, which also has a world-famous cheesecake, plus sandwiches piled high with fatty cold cuts. They also have lots of other stuff, but if I go there, it's for the deli sandwiches and cheesecake. And Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro is another one with gigunda desserts, in fact, I like THEIR creations better than the Cheesecake Factory. But their regular meals are not quite as extravagant.

My exercise routine is very simple. I get on my treadmill, turn on the TV and walk away during my soap opera or the evening news!

Set aside the leftovers first
by: Michelle D

I agree with everything in your review! The portions here are so large, and my diet advice is to ask for a to-go box to put the food in BEFORE you start to eat. That way you will be able to control your portion size even better!

I find that a lot of restaurants offer way too large portion sizes - TGI Fridays was my most recent experience with this. I always save my "leftovers" first at these places.

If for some reason I forget and eat too much, well, there is always the treadmill at the gym to hit for half an hour afterwards... or more, depending how much I have eaten.

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