A recent study found that 83 million Americans are living a sedentary lifestyle, which makes them unable to burn off the extra calories they are consuming.
This is a major health risk since excessive daily calorie consumption is the leading cause of obesity. That’s why it’s so important to be informed about what you put into your body.
Here are 10 common foods containing a surprisingly high amount of calories that you should know about.
GranolaOne half-cup serving of granola has 220 calories. True, you’ll get the powerful benefit of whole grains, but it won’t come lightly.
One option to lighten the caloric load a bit is to make your own granola so you can decrease the sugar content.
CheeseThis dairy delight has been making its way to the unhealthy side of the food pyramid for a while now — and for good reason. Cheese comes in at 110 calories for a one inch cube, so it’s easy for those calories to quickly multiply when snacking.
BagelsBefore adding any toppings, a plain bagel tops out at 260 calories. Even the seemingly healthier alternatives like nine-grains don’t save you. In fact, by adding calorically dense grains, these bagels come in at 300-plus calories.
Orange JuiceSince juice is imbibed rather than eaten, its calories tend to be forgotten. However, every glass of orange juice will add another 110 calories to your daily intake. If you’re craving the health benefits that citrus can provide, take the time to eat an orange instead since they only have 69 calories.
YogurtAs a breakfast on-the-go or a quick snack, yogurt can be a tempting choice. Traditional yogurt has 150 calories and is loaded with probiotics. A slightly lighter option would be to opt for Greek yogurt, easily slashing 20 calories.
Salad DressingMost salads can be a perfect meal for anyone watching their calories, assuming that croutons and bacon are avoided. Depending on the salad dressing choice, though, two tablespoons drizzled on top can add 120 to 140 calories.
Since most store-bought dressings are heavy on fatty oils, the only way to avoid these calories is to cut back on quantity. For a lighter substitute, mix your own dressing so you can control the oil — or even eliminate it!
Peanut ButterNuts are high in calories and fats, regardless of the variety, so it is not a total shock to learn that a nut butter is as well. At 200 calories for every two tablespoons of peanut butter, it is easy to see how a PBJ sandwich could quickly become a calorie bomb.
Dried FruitDried fruit can be a wonderful addition to any diet since it packs just as many health benefits (in some cases, more) as the fruit itself in a smaller package. The key, then, with any dried fruit is portion control. Raisins come in at 130 calories for every quarter cup, so be sure to measure before you start munching.
EggsOne cup of chopped hard-boiled eggs weighs in at a whopping 211 calories. This, coupled with high cholesterol, has had eggs vacillating between health food and indulgence for years.
However, research has found that people who ate three eggs a day on a weight loss diet not only lost weight, but also had decreased inflammation and maintained or improved their cholesterol levels.
AvocadosThere are around 140 calories in half of a medium-sized avocado, but this is a calorie buster that is worth it!
Avocados are rich in healthy fats and fiber; they also have almost 20 different vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Splurge on them and find other ways to cut back in order to not exceed your caloric goals.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas, where she currently works as an editor for Modernize. In addition to regularly contributing to home remodeling and design websites around the web, she writes for Lifehacker and About.com.
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