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One 15-ounce bag of potato chips = 1 cup of oil
Most bags of chips contain an average of 150 grams of fat. Instead of munching on traditional chips, seek out baked varieties, make some popcorn with canola oil and popcorn kernels or grab some pretzels or peanuts. And of course, be aware of how much you’re eating.
McDonald’s Big Mac and large fries = 1 cup of Crisco.
The sandwich alone has 570 calories and 32 grams of fat. Add that to the 450 calories and 22 grams of fat from the fries, and you’ve basically got one cup of Crisco. Not completely turned off? Dole out a cup of Crisco and imagine what it would look like on your hips. If you need a greasy treat, opt for a grilled chicken sandwich (minus the mayo), order a small serving of fries and a diet soda.
1 pint of Vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream = 2/3 stick of butter
Sure, late nights and heartbreaks were made for Haagen-Dazs. But factor in the 1080 calories and 72 grams of fat, and you’ve really got yourself something to cry about. I should add that ice cream has 82 grams of sugar. And don’t be fooled by the small size of the pint — the entire portion is pretty easy to devour. But the serving size is four — yes four — and, every so often, there’s nothing wrong with a 270-calorie sweet treat.
1 Bagel with Cream Cheese = 2 ½ slices of pepperoni pizza
While not all bagels are built the same, most store-bought ones are fairly safe on the calorie side (most average fewer than 280 calories). Buy one from a deli or sandwich shop, however, and you may be looking at anywhere from 350 to a whopping 500 calories. The same goes for cream cheese: Two tablespoons have fewer than 75 calories. But most delis pile on half a cup of the topping, which can bump the calorie count up to 400! Instead: see if they offer oatmeal with nuts and skim milk. You will get more nutrition and fewer calories.