When there’s a chill in the air, it makes people want to curl up with their favorite comfort foods. That’s why the average person packs on at least five and a half pounds between the end of summer and Thanksgiving! So avoid these most fattening foods of fall. We found this Newsweek magazine.
- Halloween candy. There’s a reason grocery stores start selling Halloween candy back in September. They know you’ll buy a bag of mini-Snickers and eat the whole thing WAY before the trick or treaters arrive. Then you’ll need to buy another bag. If you eat just four bite-size candy bars, you’re up to 320 calories. You know those plastic pumpkins kids use to trick or treat with? When filled, it’ll contain just over 4,600 calories. To work that off, you’d have to swim for two hours straight in rough ocean surf. Then punch a heavy bag for over two hours straight. Then, rake your lawn for three and a half hours. Then run a 5-k race THREE TIMES.
- Another fattening fall food: Mashed potatoes. I know, they’re the quintessential comfort food, but the problem is a half cup – which is a TINY portion – has 200 calories. If you’re making them yourself, use low-fat buttermilk instead of cream and butter and you’ll cut the calories in half and shave off 12 grams of fat.
- The Starbucks Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte. It has 510 calories. and to put it in perspective, that’s the exact same amount in a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder With Cheese. Instead, get the tall-size of the Caramel Latte, made with non-fat milk and sugar-free syrup. It’ll still feel like a treat but you’ll only be drinking 90 calories.
- The Candy Apple. It has more calories than a 7-layer burrito from Taco Bell with Cinnamon Twists for dessert! Let’s make this simple – just eat a plain apple, minus the candy caramel dip! Fall is when you’ll find the biggest variety of apples in season, you’ll save 500 calories, get loads of fiber, and save on dental bills too.