Delicious dishes and delectable desserts… Crunchy cheese pizza and crispy chicken… Who does not love those mouth watering delicacies? But all those yummy and superbly tasting foods may have a huge amount of calories loaded with them and binging on them may be harmful for your health. They may be the reason for your protruding tummy and increasing weight. Today, almost every second person, particularly teenager is obese. The main reason of increasing obesity is unhealthy lifestyle, while a major culprit is the high-calorie foods and fast foods which are a hit among most of the teenagers.
Before moving further, I would like to point out a few facts. According to the WHO stats:
- Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.
- In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
- 35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11% were obese.
- 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
- More than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2011.
- Obesity is preventable.
Yes, obesity can be prevented; as the last point says. For that, you obviously need to have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle where exercising and working out are not given a back seat. It might be good to know that according to experts, there are no “bad” foods and a few bites of even the most fattening food can fit into your diet. But undoubtedly, there are foods which may be harmful to your body than others, binging on which may lead to obesity.
So now the question comes: which are those 10 extremely high calorie laden foods which can cause obesity? Before I list them out, let us keep in mind that most adults need fewer than 2,000 calories, 65 grams of total fat, and 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day – or no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day for people older than 51 and anyone with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
10. Fried chicken
That crispy fried chicken is laden with much more calories than one can think since it is deep fried in oil. Having a piece or two may not harm you much but if you eat more than that, it may devastatingly play with your health; especially your waistline and arteries. Where an extra-crispy fried chicken breast contains 360 calories and 21 grams of fat; a grilled, skinned chicken breast would have only 210 calories and 8 grams of fat. So in order to choose a better option, opt for marinating the chicken in a light dressing, using a dry spice rub, and topping it with a fresh salsa.
9. Fried snacks
Sweet and salty snacks including potato chips, nachos, puffs, samosas etc. may be disastrous to people trying to lose weight. Although they may not affect you if taken in small quantities, however if you cross the limits they would harm you. This can be inferred from the amount of calories loaded with them: where each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs has about 160 calories and 10 grams of fat; cheese nachos contain about 692 calories, 38 grams of fat and 1,632 mg sodium. Thus, it is far better to go for healthier snacking options such as fruits and salads with minimal dressings.
8. Mayonnaise and salad creams
It requires no second opinion that salads are light, refreshing, and a perfect way to get lean protein. But high calorie salad toppings such as mayonnaise and salad creams can counter-attack these advantages of salads and can wreak havoc on your diet. This is because salad dressings like croutons carry 142 calories with 6 grams of fat per ounce, half a cup of cheese contains 228 calories with 18 grams of fat and a pouch of creamy Caesar dressing has around 260 calories with 26 grams of fat. So next time you choose these rich dressings for your salad, think twice. Instead of them, go for grilled chicken, strips of lean meat, or eggs and best pile on the veggies like tomatoes, beans etc. If you still prefer mayonnaise, opt for a light one or better go for a mixture of mayo and fresh yogurt.
7. Street foods
Street foods including those near sea-shores and in fairs and carnivals are almost everybody’s favorite. However good these may be on your taste buds, they may be no less than poison for diet conscious people who want to lose weight. With variety of them on the road-side shacks and stalls, they contain (varying amounts of calories and fats) in quite large quantities and it is best to avoid them or eat them in very small portions.
6. Frozen treats and ice-creams
Love the soft serve at McDonald’s? But a scoop of the delicious ice-cream can have up to 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. On the other hand, Baskin Robbins’ two-scoop vanilla and peanut butter ‘n’ chocolate on a sugar cone may carry about 415 calories and 23.5 grams of fat. So cut short on your consumption of you favorite yummy ice-creams and other frozen treats if you want to stay fit. Instead of these, you can go for healthier options like fruit desserts.
5. Sweetened beverages
Chocolate ice-cream shakes, iced lemon tea, energy drinks or other fruity drinks–all are just too difficult to resist. In fact, people often look towards them on the first place in order to quench their thirst. However, these may contain as many as 150 calories (for 12 ounces) or even more in case of creamy shakes (greater than 500 calories). Better opt for iced coffee with skim milk (90 calories) or 100% fruit juice which is nutritious as well as good to stay fit. Nevertheless, water is the best option to quench your thirst with 0 calories!
4. Sweet alcoholic drinks
Invited to a cocktail party? Make sure you control your intake there and avoid the popular fruity alcoholic drinks as they may tremendously add up to your calorie intake. These may contain as much as 300-800 calories and it’s best to avoid them. If necessary, go for very small amount of it and instead opt for fruit juices or club sodas.
3. Cheese cakes and French fries
Cheese cakes and French fries are loved by all. Who does not like the finger-licking cheese and macaroni? But these sort of deep fried foods are packed with huge amount of calories and fats. They can wreck havoc on your waistline and you must stay away from them if you are weight conscious. If you wish to eat them, only have a small amount of them, that too occasionally.
2. Sausages, hot dogs and other fast foods
Sausages and hot dogs are one of the favorite food items these days and are loved by teenagers and children. However, teenagers and children are very much prone to obesity and eating fast foods may be quite dangerous for them. Moreover, most of them underestimate the amount of calories in these foods. According to a study, 25% of teens underestimate the caloric content of their meals by as much as 500.
A typical hot dog consists of about 280 calories while a popular sausage called ‘kielbasa’ can have up to 330 calories, 24 g of fat and 1,590 mg of sodium (6 ounces of kielbasa). The average burger on a bun with cheese, lettuce, and tomato contains about 735 calories, 45 g of fat and 1,000 mg of sodium.
1. High-fat meats and barbecue
The lip smacking meats and barbecue preparations are too difficult to resist. But in order to be good to your body, you need to avoid them. Red meat is pretty rich in calories and pork and beef ribs are considered as the fattiest part of meat. A 20-oz. T-bone steak can weigh in at 1,540 calories and 124 g fat. Also, try to stay away from ribs and other cuts of meat with visible marbling and fat around the edges. In addition to this, go for lean cuts like pork tenderloin or skinless chicken breast whenever feasible. You may also consume broiled fish and chicken instead of other meats and barbecue laden with high calories.