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The 10 Most Fattening Foods of Summer

These summertime treats can wreak havoc on your diet.

9. Sweet or Salty Snacks

A handful of any kind of snack won't do much harm, but when you have your hand stuck in the bag or box all day long; it can really sabotage your diet. 

Each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs is roughly 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Ballpark cheese nachos will set you back 692 calories (plus 38 grams of fat and 1,632 mg sodium); a box of Cracker Jacks packs 420 calories and 7 g fat. And a small 11-cup box of movie theater popcorn has 670 calories, 34 grams of fat, and 550 mg sodium. 

Instead, try snacking on fruits, raw veggies with lite dip, or small portions of fat-free popcorn.

10. Fried Chicken

A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline (and arteries), especially when you don’t stop at one piece. 

So forgo the fried and toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill. At KFC, a grilled, skinned chicken breast has only 210 calories and 8 grams of fat, compared to KFC's extra-crispy fried chicken breast, which has 360 calories and 21 grams of fat.

"Marinate in a light dressing, use a dry spice rub, and top it with a fabulous fresh salsa and while it may not be crispy, it will be delicious and much better for you," Neville says. 

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Edited on May 18, 2011

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