Doughnuts: Can’t resist fresh doughnuts? If you give in too often, they can bulk up your belly.
Better Bet: Stop at one. A glazed doughnut has 260 calories. The whole box packs 3,120 calories. A 200-pound man would have to run about 25 miles to work that off.
You do get some calcium from ice cream. But you also get 230 calories per half-cup, and that’s just for plain vanilla, no toppings.
Better Bet: Look for the slow-churned kind. It’s lower in fat, and many flavors have only 100 calories per half-cup.
A serving of 15 chips has 160 calories. But who stops at 15? Add just 2 tablespoons of French onion dip and you’ve piled on 60 more calories and 5 grams of fat.
Better Bet: Fat-free popcorn. Six cups have just 100 calories.
This cocktail is as fatty as it is trendy. It’s Scotch or vodka infused with bacon fat. Sometimes it’s served with a strip of bacon. At around 284 calories a glass, that’s more than in a doughnut.
Better Bet: Classic martini, in moderation. The alcohol still adds calories, but your heart will prefer the olive to a strip of bacon.
The average 12-ounce can of beer has about 150 calories. Those calories add up, just like anything else you eat or drink.
Better Bet: Light beer cuts your intake to about 100 calories a can.
What’s more all-American than cheering for your home team while noshing on a hot dog? Add extras, and the calories rise. One cheese dog has 390 calories and 8 grams of “bad” fat.
Better Bet: Peanuts. This classic ballpark snack is high in protein, fiber, and good fats.
Fatty Red Meat
If you’re the meat and potatoes type, you’d love a big, juicy steak that covers your plate. But a 16-ounce prime rib can have about 1,600 calories and about 60 grams of “bad” fat. That’s without any sides or appetizers.
Better Bet: Lean meat, such as sirloin, tenderloin, or flank steak. The piece should be the size of your fist, not your plate.
Pizza can be healthy. But if you like toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, ham, and beef, you could get more than 300 calories in one slice.
Better Bet: Instead, top pizza with veggies. You get extra fiber and nutrients, and up to 100 fewer calories per slice.
If it looks big and loaded, it will bloat your calorie budget, too. Some have more than 1,000 calories and up to 75 grams of fat.
Better Bet: Stick to a single grilled burger made with lean ground beef or lean turkey, or a veggie burger.
Want some fries with that? Most of us do, not knowing that a large order of fries can have as many calories as a burger.
Better Bet: Order a side salad or fruit cup 🙂 🙂