If you are ‘being good’ by staying in and avoiding the excesses of an alcohol-filled night out, you might be tempted to ‘reward’ yourself with a takeaway. You could make a healthy version of each of these takeaway meals at home – this will let you stay on your plan, lose lots of weight and save money. But just how many calories are we talking about?
We can all have a treat, but a takeaway once a week could really stop your progress. Bear in mind that one pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. How many calories are there in different takeaway meals?
A medium cheese pizza contains about eight slices per pizza, with each slice being around 210 calories. If you have extra cheese, meat or vegetables, you are increasing the calories significantly. A garlic bread can have around 328 calories in four small slices, if you add cheese to this, add on the calories too!
If you have four slices of pizza, two pieces of garlic bread and three chicken tenders you would consume around 1,164 calories. Add half a bottle of wine, it’ll be 1,464 and if you have four beers it would be 1,764.
If you did this for two weekends in a row you would put on 1 pound of fat (remember that 3,500 calories = 1 lb fat). So don’t ruin all your hard work.
A small takeaway portion of egg fried rice has 669 calories. A chicken chow mein has around 515 calories, and a chicken curry around 589 calories. Small Spring rolls have 90 calories each.
If you have two spring rolls, one chicken curry and half a small portion of egg fried rice, you will down around 1,104 calories. Add half a bottle of wine, it’ll be 1,404. Substitute beer instead of wine and you’re looking at 1,704 calories.
Two weekends of this would equal one pound gained in fat.
Indian Take Away
Another popular take-away choice is an Indian.
A portion of two medium sized onion bhajis contains 344 calories, a lamb curry has around 350 calories and pilau rice on the side would come to 255 calories. This adds up to 949 calories. If you add half a bottle of wine, that’s 1,249 or four beers would bump the calories to 1,549. A couple of weekends of this and, you’ve got more weight gain.
Fish and Chips
With chips coming in at 289 calories, a battered sausage at 244 calories and the fish and chips combo weighing in at 599 calories, they are not very diet friendly.
A portion of fish and chips plus wine is 899 calories, have beer instead and you’re looking at 1,199 calories. Should you go for chips and a battered sausage with wine, it’s 833 calories, or beer and it would be 1,133 calories.