Even though there are many factors when it comes to weight gain, such as hormones, age, stress and natural metabolism, the mainstay of factors is always calorie consumption. This is of course especially true with kids, and educating them early on about calories can be important in setting them up for a life where they are more aware of what they’re putting into their body.
A problem is of course, that many of us don’t really know the amount of calories we’re putting into our bodies with the majority of foods we consume. We typically grossly underestimate the numbers and how quickly they can add up and send us over our daily limit.
Here are a few food items to test your calorie level knowledge.
A good steak every now and then is great. A fantastic source of protein and iron, however in America, we typically over indulge in the portion size. A ‘small’ 8 ounce steak will yield around 400 calories (which is fantastic), but if you add in a sauce, baked potato or fries and some extras, and we’re close to the 1000 calorie mark!
The best way, go nuts on the steak, but with the sides, stick to veggies, the lack of fries or sour cream and potato will make all the difference, and you can enjoy your steak till your hearts content.
A fantastic Sunday breakfast. The smell of them baking is enough to entice you to devour a dozen of them. If Starbucks is your vice, a typically scone from there will be about 450 calories, enough to make up a full meal. If you have a latte and some cream with it, you’re already up around 700 calories with minimal nutrient value.
The problem is, in America the standard bagel size has grown over the years. From 2 ounces, we’re now seeing the average around 6 ounces, which is 360 calories or thereabouts.
“Tip: Eat half of a market place bagel or buy store bought bagels that are 2 ounces in size.” //superkidsnutrition.com
Best choice at a Mexican restaurant? It’s just a salad right? Nope.
We’re talking around 800 calories. You’re much better off with a soft shell chicken taco or two!
It’s hit and miss with these. Some are fantastic and great for you, others such as the original turkey sandwich at Schlotzsky’s Deli, which is almost 800 calories high. Go for regular bread and go light on the mayonnaise or spread to lower the calories.
In terms of calories, this is how America stacks up to the rest of the world…
And I’ll leave you with this great infographic on calories and food…