If you want to lose weight then it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to point out that you should avoid high calorie foods. Sugar and fat are two of the worst offenders when it comes to foods that contain the most calories.
What are the Foods that Contain the Most Calories
When you are trying to control your weight, some foods present more problems than others. The worst options generally contain the most sugar or fat.
Foods that may appear to healthy at first glance may present other problems if you over indulge. For example did you know a cup full of cherries contains over 100 calories – and packed full of sugar!
Introduce foods to your diet that can help fill you by suppressing your appetite – vegetables and fruit are the obvious and sensible choices.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to spot the most calorific foods. It is advisable to watch what you eat as you get older as middle age weight gain is hard to lose.
For instance, if you order a burger and fries, you will probably do so knowing you are about to eat one of the foods that contain most calories.
However, if you consume a large bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit, you may think you are choosing a healthy option.
Indeed you are, but your healthy snack will also be packed full of calories that could cause you to gain extra weight.
Although nuts and dried fruit are very nutritious, they are a high-calorie snack option you should only consume in limited amounts.
Eating healthily and avoiding high calorie foods is also offset by our reliance on dietary supplements.
Recommended Reading: The thermic effect of food – the 5 foods that help your metabolism burn excess body fat and calories
What are the Most Calorific Foods?
- Fast food
- Processed meats
- Fatty cuts of meat
- Bread products
- Soda and other sugary drinks
- Most Sauces and Mayonnaise
Here is a list that provides examples of a few of the worst offenders.
As you look at the calorie rating, please bear in mind the average man only needs 2,500 calories per day, while the average woman requires just 2,000 calories per day.
10 Foods that Contain the Most Calories
1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae (Fast Food / Dessert)
If you want a dessert that’s super-high in calories, Applebee’s is the place to go.
The popular American restaurant chain’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae contains a staggering 1,660 calories per serving.
It’s a warm chocolate chip cookie delight that’s topped with vanilla ice cream and covered in hot fudge.
It also has Oreo cookie crumbs and whipped cream on top. There’s no denying it’s a sweet treat that looks very enticing when it’s sitting on a plate.
Remember that old saying: “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” That’s got to be your mantra every time you are faced with extreme temptation such as this.
2. Kielbasa Sausage (Processed Meat)
Kielbasa is a popular type of Polish sausage. It’s a staple of Polish cuisine but it still deserves a place near the top of this list of worst high-calorie foods.
Kielbasa sausages are close to 30 percent fat. Each 100 gram serving provides 333 calories—that’s a whopping 1,232 calories per large link.
3. Lamb Chops (Fatty Red Meat)
You only have to look at a lamb chop to see all the fat. Even when you separate the meat from the bone you will probably still feel the grease on your tongue.
Although the fat is easy to see, the calories are not. A single serving (2 small chops) often provides 500-600 calories.
4. Regular Flavor Oil-Popped, Microwave Popcorn (Snack)
Eat too much of this type of popcorn and you could see the buttons popping from your shirt. It provides 583 calories per 100 gram serving. That’s 64.1 calories per cup.
5. Long Island Iced Tea (Alcoholic Drink)
All alcoholic drinks are high in calories.
Pure alcohol has seven calories per gram and most alcoholic drinks contain additional sources of calories as well.
Long Island Iced Tea is an extreme example.
Sip from a glass of this popular cocktail and you will be getting 424 calories per 420 ml glass.
Vodka, tequila, gin, light rum, triple sec, and a splash of cola—some versions contain syrup as well.
If you want to lose weight, you will be better off sticking to mineral water.
6. Dunking Donuts Coconut Donut (Dessert / Fast Food)
With or without icing, donuts taste as good as they look but don’t eat them in ignorance.
Donuts are high in calories and one of the worst foods for making the scales tell a story you don’t want to hear.
The next time you visit Dunkin’ Donuts and look at all those frosted donuts remember each one provides around 280 calories and 15 grams of fat.
Go for the coconut option and things get much worse. Each one provides 400 calories a pop.
7. Marble Rye Bread (Popular Meal / Snack Option)
All breads are high in carbohydrate and some breads are worse than others. Marble rye bread is easily one of the most calorie-dense bread options you could choose.
A single slice generally provides 160 calories. That means if you use two slices to make a sandwich you will get 320 calories before you even put the filling inside.
8. Rockstar Energy Drink
Rockstar is one of the most popular energy drink brands but give these drinks a wide berth if you want to lose weight.
Despite the name, the drink is unlikely to help you earn any platinum discs or Grammy awards, but it could see you rocking the scales. There are 280 calories locked inside each 16 oz can.
9. Twix Peanut Butter (Candy)
It’s such an innocent-looking package. Each packet of Twix PB only weighs 1.68 oz (47.6 g) and is so small you can hide it in your hand.
Hiding the damage this candy can do to your waistline won’t be so easy.
Twix PB is a high-energy food. By the time you’ve finished eating those two finger-type chocolate biscuits, you’ll have consumed 250 calories.
You can buy Twix PB as a multi-pack but that may be a very bad idea.
If you can’t resist the temptation to eat more than one, you could get a nasty shock the next time you take out a tape and measure your waist.
10. Mayonnaise (Sauce)
Dipping your fries in mayonnaise seems like such an innocent evil and lots of people order “mayo” with their salad.
Don’t be fooled by this devil in disguise.
Mayonnaise contains around 94 calories per tablespoon and most of those calories come from fat.