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A calorie is a unit of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celcius. This calorie is often written with a small c as opposed to the kilocalorie which is the more commonly used measure often written with the big or capital C or Kcal. When people refer to calories in food, they often mean calories but may just say calories meaning the kilocalories.

A calorie is commonly used measure of food energy. An average person might need about 2000-2500 calories a day to give an example. When one is trying to lose weight, the goal is to under cut the calories so the body has to burn excess fat to help in losing weight.

Use the comprehensive wiki database of list of foods with their calories using the wikiMD calorie checker. In nutrition, it is important to avoid or limit empty calories.

Also visit glycemic index of foods.

List of high calorie foods to avoid

1. Corn and high fructose corn syrup products

2. Alcoholic beverages

3.Butter, lard, dripping or similar fat (used as a spread or in baking/cooking etc.)



6. Refined grains

7.Condensed milk


9.Corn chips

10.Cream (including creme fraiche)

11.Crisps (including vegetable crisps)



14.Drinking Chocolate, Milo etc.

15.Energy drinks

16. Flavored milk/milk shakes

17.Fruit tinned in syrup

18.Fried food

19.Frozen yoghurt

20.Fruit juice (except tomato juice and unsweetened blackcurrant juice)


22.High fat crackers


24.Hot chips

25.Ice cream




29.Muesli bars

30 Muffins

31.Nuts roasted in fat or oil



34.Popcorn with butter or oil


36.Reduced cream

37.Regular luncheon sausage

38.Regular powdered drinks

39.Regular salami

40.Regular sausages

41.Regular soft drinks

42.Fruit rollups

43.Sour cream

44.Sugar (added to anything including drinks, baking, cooking etc.)


46.Syrups such as golden syrup, treacle, maple syrup

47.Toasted muesli and any other breakfast cereal with more than 15g sugar per 100g cereal

48.Whole milk

49.Yoghurt type products with more than 10g sugar per 100g yoghurt

50. Crackers and biscuts

Any high glycemic or high fat foods should be avoided and instead choose lean protein and fiber based foods.

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Some common food items and their calories

Hamburger patty labeled 'extra lean', the word 'or', and a hamburger patty labeled 'regular'. Hamburger patty, 4 oz. precooked, extra lean ground beef 167 calories

Hamburger patty, 4 oz. precooked, regular ground beef 235 calories

an apple, the word 'or', and a slice of apple pie Large apple, 8 oz. 110 calories

Apple pie, eighth of a 2-crust 9" pie 356 calories

two slices of bread, the word 'or', and a croissant Two slices of 100% whole wheat bread, 1 oz. each 138 calories

Medium croissant, 2 oz. 231 calories

a baked potato with sour cream, the word 'or', and some french fries Medium baked potato with peel, 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream 203 calories

French fries, one medium fast-food order 457 calories

a cooked chicken breast, the word 'or', and some chicken wings Roasted chicken breast, skinless (3 oz.) 141 calories

Fried chicken wings with skin and batter, (3 oz.) 479 calories

Also see Calorie checker


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