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Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories to Avoid for Weight Loss

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories to Avoid for Weight Loss

High-calorie foods with low nutrient value are pervasive throughout the world. Increases in food production have lead to increases in portion sizes, and increases in waistlines. This chain reaction has fueled the obesity epidemic where over a third of the U.S. population is now obese.

In addition to reducing portion sizes, avoiding the high-calorie foods listed below is a great way to avoid consuming excessive calories, and help with losing weight, or keeping weight off altogether.

High-calorie foods to avoid include fast foods, processed meats, desserts, candies, fatty meats, bread products, snacks, sugary drinks, alcohol, and condiments. Get details on exactly which foods are the worst in each of these groups.

For more information see the article on low-calorie high fiber foods, high protein low carb weight loss meal plans, and the BMI weight loss calculator. Looking to gain weight or pack on healthy lean muscle? Check out the list of healthy high calorie foods.

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List of Unhealthy High Calorie Foods to Limit or Avoid

1 Fast Foods (Onion Rings)
Onion Rings

Other Fast Foods High in Calories

-1197 calories in McDonalds Delux Breakfast with Syrup and Margarine
-1061 calories in a Burger King Double Whopper with Cheese
-961 calories in Denny's Spaghetti and Meatballs
-906 calories in a Taco Bell Taco Salad

See the ranking of 200 fast foods with the most calories.
2 Processed Meats (Kielbasa Sausage)

Other Processed Meats High in Calories

-428 calories in 3oz of pepperoni
-283 in a bratwurst sausage
3 Desserts (Dulce De Leche)
Dulce De Leche

More High Calorie Desserts

-537 calories in a slice of chocolate cake with frosting
-382 calories in a cup of ice-cream
-367 calories in a slice of upside down pineapple cake
-290 calories in a slice of blueberry pie
See all baked foods high in calories.
4 Candies (Chocolate Candy)
Chocolate Candy Wafers

Other Candies High in Calories

-490 calories in a 3.5oz Hershey's Payday Bar
-458 calories in a 3oz bar of white chocolate
-450 calories in a 2.8oz bar of Hersheys Pot of Gold Bar
5 Fatty Meats (Pork Chops with Fat)
A pork chop

More Fatty Meats High in Calories

-495 calories in a rack of pork ribs
-400 calories in 3oz of braised beef ribs
-290 calories in a steak with fat
Limit consumption of fatty meats to no more than 3oz or 85 grams.
6 Bread Products (Soft Pretzels)
Soft Pretzels

More High Calorie Bread Products

-262 calories in 1 piece of naan bread
-261 calories in 1 bagel
-231 calories in 1 slice of pan dulce
-168 calories in 1 cornbread muffin
7 Snacks (Corn Chips)
Extruded corn chips

Other Snacks High in Calories

-426 calories in 3.5oz of shrimp calories
-416 calories in 3.5oz of rice crackers
-293 calories in 1 cup of low-oil tortilla chips
See all high calorie snacks.
8 Sugary Drinks (Cream Soda)
A can of soda

Other Sugary Drinks High in Calories

-246 calories in a 16oz glass of horchata
-207 calories in a 16oz cola
-202 calories in a 16z root beer
-197 calories in a 16oz sprite
-166 calories in 16oz ginger ale

See the list of all high calorie drinks.
9 Alcohol (Dessert Wine)
A glass of wine

Other Alcoholic Drinks High in Calories

-206 calories in 1 bottle of high alcohol beer
-154 calories in 1.5oz of coffee cream liqueur (Baileys)
-153 calories in a 12oz can of beer
-129 calories in a 5oz glass of Zinfandel
-127 calories in a 5oz glass of red wine (Burgundy)
Less alcohol means fewer calories. While it can be considered healthy to have 1 drink a day, any more packs on calories and carries other bad health effects. See the list of low calorie wines, and the list of beverages high in calories.
10 Condiments (Salad Dressing)
Salad Dressing

Other Condiments High in Calories

-67 calories in a tblsp of syrup
-56 calories in a tblsp of jam or preserves
-29 calories in a tblsp of bbq sauce

See All 200 Foods High in Calories

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.


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