Well, some people eat out often and wonder why they are pudgy. It's pretty nice to go out and get a nice plate of spaghetti with maybe a dessert. Calories pack on pretty quickly depending on the places though so eating out in an italian place can add up to 3000 cals pretty quickly http://www.cspinet.org/new/200710311.html • Five Cheese Ziti al Forno. 1,190 calories and 26 grams of bad fat. You might as well just order two McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese or two Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas. • Fettuccine Alfredo. Macaroni Grill’s version lives up to the “heart attack on a plate” reputation with 1,130 calories and 53 grams of saturated fat • Spaghetti & Meatballs with meat sauce. The following nutrition numbers are not typos: Romano’s rendition of this classic dish provides more than an entire day’s calories (2,430) and nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat—an astonishing 57 grams. If you like meat, you could eat two Macaroni Grill Tuscan Rib-Eye steak dinners and inflict less damage. Or you could eat six Quarter Pounders for the same effect on your waistline. “Keep in mind that these numbers don’t include any of Macaroni Grill’s peasant bread or Olive Garden’s unlimited breadsticks and salad,” said Liebman.