There’s a reason that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. A study done by Men’s Health revealed that the average person consumes an extra 600 calories a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The extra 600 calories per day translates to over 5 pounds of extra weight.
Of course the holiday season is not the best time to start restricting your diet, but there are some foods out there that will increase your waistline more than others. Check out this list of 7 holiday foods to avoid.
Starbucks peppermint white chocolate mocha (venti)
This wolf in sheep’s clothing packs an unbelievable 660 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 95 grams of sugar. No wonder it tastes so good! If you must insist on having one of these make it sugar free with skim milk and cut down on the size.
Just one slice of this decadent dessert will have your belt one notch looser before halftime of the Thanksgiving football game. One slice contains 900 calories, 70 grams of fat, and 60 grams of sugar.
There’s a reason why it tastes so juicy and is so tender. One typical serving of ham contains about 600 calories and an astronomical 35 grams of fat! Add up all the extra fat and calories in the horseradish sauce and we’re talking instant angioplasty required.
If you’re like me, you try and rationalize eating so many of these because they are yams. But c’mon, anything smothered in brown sugar, melted marshmallows and swimming in a pool of butter can’t be good for you. The typical candied yam serving comes in at 350 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 30 grams of sugar. Pretty impressive for a harmless little yam.
The holidays have a way of taking something healthy and making it completely terrible for you. Crab cakes are a perfect example of this. Crab meat in and of itself is healthy. But drench it in mayonnaise, roll it up in some breadcrumbs, and fry it up in a vat of grease and you’ve got yourself a high calorie food that reigns supreme amongst the worst appetizers. One crab cake contains over 400 calories and 19 calories of fat.
This is a no-brainer. One piece of fudge has 400 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 50 grams of sugar. And don’t try and tell me you just eat one piece!
Gin and Tonic
Eat drink and be merry huh? More like eat drink and get fatter! One gin and tonic has 220 calories and 21 grams of sugar.