Everyone looks forward to summer. The weather, the swimming, barbecues, baseball, and lots of good food and drinks. Summer time might just be the best time of the year. But if you’re not careful, summer’s high calorie foods can leave you with extra baggage, and I’m not talking about going on vacation. Although you may be more active during the summer, that does not mean that it’s enough to burn off all those extra calories.
First of all, barbecue’s can be some of the most fattening foods ever. Steaks, ribs, brauts, burgers, hot dogs and all those meats that drip grease everywhere. A 20 ounce T-bone can weigh in at 1,540 calories and 124 g fat; an average cheeseburger has about 750 calories and 45 grams of fat; and pork or beef ribs come from the fattiest part of the animal. A typical hot dog has 280 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 1,250 mg of sodium, while a 6-ounce kielbasa has 330 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 1,590 mg sodium.
Mayonnaise-based salads and salad dressings have a lot of hidden calories. Your typical serving of potato salad has 180 calories and 12 grams of fat and the same amount of coleslaw has about 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. Salads can be a great summer dinner, there light and satisfying. But if you add high-calorie toppings, your salad can become very fattening. The dressing you use can make all the difference in calories. Also don’t top with things like – bacon, cheese, croutons, eggs, or anything fried.
Just one cup of ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. So how about a blizzard? Blizzards can have up to 720 calories or more, with 28 grams of fat. You might want to skip that extra trip to Dairy Queen this summer. There’s no need to give up frozen treats all together, just watch the calories and high fat toppings. Sweet and fruity alcoholic drinks might taste great but they can be very high in calories. A piña colada can have from 245-490 calories, a daiquiri from 300-800 calories, and a Long Island iced tea can have 520 calories or more.
What is obesity?
In general, obesity it is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount body fat. A certain amount of body fat is necessary for storing energy, heat insulation, shock absorption, and other functions. The normal amount of body fat (expressed as percentage of body fat) is between 25%-30% in women and 18%-23% in men. Women with over 30% body fat and men with over 25% body fat are considered obese. The Body Mass Index scale or BMI has also been used in the definition of obesity. Your BMI equals a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared. "Obesity" is defined as a BMI of 30 or more.
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