More than half of Americans want to lose weight but just 26 percent of us actually committed to making it happen this year, according to a poll from the research firm Gallup. So, it could come as no surprise that our search-engine requests reflect the lack of commitment.
According to Google’s annual query report, people are more concerned with the calorie counts of frozen pizzas and sugary drinks than healthy foods like overnight oats and peanut butter. While you may view that as a no-brainer—why check out the calories of the healthy stuff—this also means people are probably asking because they're eating it. Seems like everyone is trying to decide how bad they should feel about giving into their indulgences! Want to know what everyone is Googling? Here, a rundown of 2015’s most-searched food items among the caloric queries, along with all the need-to-know nutrition information about each. Plus, don't miss our report on the 15 Insanely-Awful Foods That Got the Axe in 2015!
Hollandaise sauce, the stuff that makes eggs benedict such a treat for your tastebuds, is filled with butter that contributes loads of excess calories to your plate. In fact, just three tablespoons of the sauce (about what you’d find on a typical breakfast) will cost you 213 calories and 8 grams of fat. If weight loss is your goal, skip it altogether and incorporate some of these 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss into your weekly lineup instead.
Coney Island Root Beer
This root beer flavored brewski made a big splash on the bar scene this year with its tasty fuse of vanilla, licorice, and birch flavors. One bottle will cost you 180 calories; in regards to nutrition, that falls somewhere between Sam Adams Boston Lager (160 calories) and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (200 calories).
Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino
Back in March, Starbucks debuted a limited-time Birthday Cake Frapp to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the chain’s famous Frappuccino beverages. The coffee giant didn’t supply any official nutritional numbers for their b-day themed concoction—but after scanning the ingredients, we estimate that a grande-sized treat with whole milk and whip had 430 calories, 14 grams of fat and 69 grams of sugar, which is about what you’d find in 58 jelly beans.
Since Google doesn’t mention a specific type of cheeseburger in their report, we’ll look at two of the most popular varieties in the fast food land. While McDonald’s version of the popular dish carries 300 calories and a half-gram of artery-clogging trans fat, Burger King’s Cheeseburger has 270 calories and a half-gram of trans fat.
A DiGiorno Traditional Crust Four Cheese Pie is meant to serve two, but if you down the entire thing (which we suspect you just might), that’s a whopping 700 calories, 30 grams of fat, and nearly half a day’s sodium. In fact, this pie is so calorie-laden we named it one of The 48 Worst Frozen Foods In America!
Little Caesars Bacon-Wrapped Deep Dish
One tiny slice of this greasy pie has 450 calories and 23 grams of fat, according to some estimates. For some perspective, a standard slice of pie from Little Caesars has just 250 calories and 8 grams of fat—a major difference.
Grilled Stuft Nachos
This Taco Bell creation, which is basically a giant triangular-shaped nacho, filled with beef, nacho cheese, and red tortilla strips, packs 570 calories and 23 grams of fat. That’s half the day’s recommended intake. To discover how your favorite Taco Bell items stack up, check out our exclusive report, Every Item at Taco Bell—Ranked.
Starbucks Flat White
The flat white boasts ristretto shots—more concentrated, bolder servings of espresso that tend to be sweeter—with whole milk steamed into a micro-foam for a creamy texture and a latte art dot to top it off. Drinking a 16-ounce Grande will cost you 220 calories and 11 grams of fat. For a similar taste with a fraction of the calories, order a 16-ounce 2% cappuccino.
This sparkling alcohol-infused malt spritzer, brought to us by the makers of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, has an estimated 222 calories. For a lighter drink that will give you the same relaxing buzz, check out these 16 Wines for Weight Loss.
Toasted Graham Latte
Just weeks after the healthified Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte made its long-awaited debut in late summer, the coffee giant rolled out another fall-inspired latte: The Toasted Graham Latte. The “TGL” is an espresso beverage made with flavors of graham and sweet cream and topped with cinnamon graham crumbles. If you think it sounds indulgent, you’re spot on. A grande made with 2% milk has 300 calories and 40 grams of sugar. Yikes! If weight loss if your goal, sip on one of these weight loss teas instead.