Summertime living may be easy, but if you’re not careful, you can really pack on the pounds. WedMD rates the summertime favorites that pack the biggest calorie punch.
Grilled High-Fat Meats
A 20-ounce T-bone steak can weigh in at 1,540 calories and 124 g fat, while an average cheeseburger has about 750 calories and 45 grams of fat.
It’s not just about fat or calories (after all, you can choose lower fat varieties), but hot dogs, bratwursts, sausages and most dogs are also very high in sodium.
A small portion of typical potato salad has 180 calories and 12 grams of fat; the same amount of coleslaw has about 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. To cut calories, try using light mayonnaise.
Sweet, fruity alcoholic drinks like strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas may go down easy, but the calories add up in a hurry.
12-ounce containers of sweet tea, sweetened soda, energy drinks, juice drinks or beer are about 150 calories each. Smoothies, milkshakes and cold coffee concoctions can go much higher.
A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Make it a chocolate cookie dough milkshake, and the calories soar to 720, with 28 grams of fat. Try sherbert or smaller portions instead.
If you top your salad with high-calorie items, it can go from lean to fattening in a hurry. High-calorie dressings, fried chicken strips, bacon, cheese and croutons are among the biggest offenders.
Each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs is roughly 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Cheese nachos will set you back 692 calories.
A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline (and arteries), especially when you eat more than one.
Fatty Fair Food
From fried cheesecake (around 500 calories), fried macaroni and cheese (610 calories) to gigantic turkey legs (1,136 calories and 54 g fat), most eat-while-you-walk foods will give you calorie overload.