5. Grilled Jumbo Dogs
It’s difficult to resist the sizzling, smoky smell of a hot dog on the grill. However, most grillers opt for the super-sized, jumbo dogs, which the American Dietetic Association, points out can weigh in at about 800 calories per jumbo dog—or more precisely, a half-pound of processed, high sodium, high fat meat. And that doesn’t even figure in the toppings (i.e., fried onions, bacon, cheese, and mayo) empty carbohydrates in that starchy, white hot dog bun!
6. Appetizers After the Game
I play ultimate Frisbee with a recreational league in the summer, and I know the local pubs try to coax in league business with tempting promises of “free apps for teams!” It’s too bad that after all of that great exercise, the apps featured include deep fried onion rings or jalapeño poppers (about 500 calories per basket), nachos (about 350 calories per small serving), and pizza (about 300 calories per slice).
7. Frozen Cocktails
Jam-packed full of ice along with tons of sugar (i.e., in cocktail syrups, soda mixers, and garnishes) even frozen mocktails on the patio with the girls are weight loss saboteurs. Add in a shot of liquor (rum, vodka, gin, or tequila) and you’re slurping back a minimum of 250-calories per fancy drink and a maximum of 800-calories per drink. Don’t let that fancy umbrella put you in a “devil may care state of mind” or else suddenly one or two margaritas, Bellini’s, or daiquiris will turn into 3 or 4, leaving you overweighed with calories and dangerously dehydrated.