Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories to Avoid for Weight Loss
High-calorie foods with low nutrient value (referred to as "empty calories") are widely consumed throughout the world, particularly in the typical "Western" diet. Increases in food production have led to increases in portion sizes, and in turn, increases in waistlines. This chain reaction has fuelled the obesity epidemic, with over a third of the U.S. population now classified as clinically obese.
In addition to reducing portion sizes, avoiding the high-calorie foods listed below is a great way to improve your health and help manage your weight.
High-calorie foods to avoid include fast foods, processed meats, desserts, candies, fatty meats, white bread products, snacks, sugary drinks, alcohol, and condiments. The daily value (DV) for calories is 2000 calories per day. Those wanting to lose weight should aim for 1500-1800 calories per day.
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.
List of Unhealthy High Calorie Foods to Limit or Avoid
|Calories per Order||Calories per 100g|
|1246 calories||356 calories|
Other Fast Foods High in Calories
- 1197 calories in McDonald's Deluxe 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.
|Calories per Large Link||Calories per 100g|
|1232 calories||333 calories|
Other Processed Meats High in Calories
- 428 calories in 3oz of pepperoni
- 283 in a bratwurst sausage
|Calories per Cup||Calories per 100g|
|958 calories||315 calories|
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.
|Calories per 6oz Package (3/4 Cup)||Calories per 100g|
|811 calories||477 calories|
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 Hershey's Pot of Gold Bar
|Calories in 1 Pork Chop||Calories per 100g|
|525 calories||255 calories|
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
|Calories in 1 Large||Calories per 100g|
|493 calories||345 calories|
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
|Calories per Cup Crushed||Calories per 100g|
|490 calories||557 calories|
Other Snacks High in Calories
- 426 calories in 3.5oz of shrimp crackers
- 416 calories in 3.5oz of rice crackers
- 293 calories in 1 cup of low-oil tortilla chips
See all high calorie snacks
|Calories per 16oz Bottle||Calories per 100g|
|252 calories||51 calories|
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 a 16oz ginger ale
See the list of all high calorie drinks.
|Calories per 5oz Glass||Calories per 100g|
|236 calories||160 calories|
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.
|Calories in 2 Tblsp||Calories per 100g|
|132 calories||399 calories|
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
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About Nutrient Targets
Setting targets can provide a guide to healthy eating.Some of the most popular targets include:
- Daily Value (%DV) - The %DV is a general guideline for everyone and accounts for absorption factors. It is the most common target in the U.S. and is the target on the nutrition labels of most products. It is set by the U.S. FDA.
- Recommended Dietary Allowance (%RDA) - The RDA sets an average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97.5 percent) healthy individuals and is specific to age and gender. The RDA is set by the US National Instutites of Health.
- Adequate Intake (%AI) - Sets a target for Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats. The Adequate Intake is also set by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. It represents a number to ensure adequacy but lacks the same level of evidence as the Reference Dietary Intake. In short, the number is less accurate than the RDI.
- Reference Dietary Intake (%RDI) -The reference dietary intake is similar to the recommended daily allowance, and is specific to age and gender. The RDI for amino acids is set by the U.N. World Health Organization.
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From the Nutrient Ranking Tool
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