What differentiates overweight people from non-overweight people? There are a few actually. Genetics for example can play a role in obesity as well as host of other illnesses but for the most part it boils down to this: diet.

The food that an overweight person eats is a bit different from that of a health conscious person: it is different in both quality and quantity. We listed some foods that overweight people love to eat so you can check your own diet against it.


Chips contain a lot of calories and a lot of eating it is a perfect recipe to be overweight. And if you think you are safe because you love the veggie varieties that shout no-oil and non-fat, you might be wrong. Some brands of veggie chips are actually potato chips with just a hint of vegetable flavoring. Because it is actually vegetable flavored potato chips and not vegetable chips you are eating just as many calories according to Joan Salge Blake, R.D., a clinical professor of nutrition at Boston University and spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The solution? Throw those chips and grab some popcorn. It packs a lot lesser calories.

Candy Lips
Candies and chocolate bars don’t contain any protein and you will feel hungry and bad after that ecstatic sugar rush. / PicHelp

Candies and Chocolate Bars

You are not you when you’re hungry says that popular advertisement, but in reality you’re not you either after that temporary and sinful hunger fix. Candy and chocolate bars don’t contain any protein and you will feel hungry and bad after that ecstatic sugar rush.

“Candy bars are often big portions of sugar and fat,” according to Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., a nutritionist in New York City and author of The Portion Teller Plan.

The solution? Stay away from these, or if you can’t really help it just grab that fun size and leave the convenience store immediately.

Salad Dressing

Eating vegetable salad is a great way to be healthy and fight obesity. But if you’re using the wrong salad dressing you’re doing it wrong. Many salad dressings available in the market are high in fat. So instead of reducing weight, you end up adding more.

The solution? Look for the low-fat variety and only put the least amount you can or 1 to 2 tablespoons to a standard salad serving.

Gourmet Coffees

Morning lattés and cappuccinos are irresistible. They keep you alert and going early in the morning. They relax you and son. But there’s a big downside to these favorite drinks. “These coffees are unbelievably high in calories, especially the ones with a lot of syrup,” Blake confirms.

As it turned out, Starbuck’s “Grande” size Caffe Mocha made with reduced-fat milk contains 260 calories and 8 grams of fat—and that’s without the whipped cream. Even more villainous are the ones made with whole milk and cream.

The solution? Order the smallest size and request for skim milk. Less volume means fewer calories.


They make everything delicious: from pizzas, to burgers, to omelettes and even that egg sandwiches you love to grab in the canteen. Yes, cheese has some nutritional value – let’s give credit when it’s due. It is however important to know that a single slice of cheddar cheese equals to 114 calories and 9 grams of fat. Think about that.

The solution? Go for the reduced-fat versions, it may be more expensive but hey it’s worth the health benefits.