Not all foods are not created (or cooked) equal. Some are made just to satisfy that hunger, some are made to improve your health while some are made to make you overweight – well at least not deliberately.

There are foods that are guaranteed to add extra inches to your belly when you fail to consume them in moderation and not surprisingly these are also the favorite foods of overweight people. We listed some of them:

Overweight Child Eating Pasta
Just one cup of that good old pasta can have 200 calories.


Surprised to see this on the list? Ask any overweight person about their favorite drink, and they will answer this or that other liquid you love. Yes, juice can be rich in vitamins and minerals but the sweeteners in it make you consume more calories than you should. Joan Salge Blake, R.D., a clinical professor of nutrition at Boston University and spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that an additional 122 calories from a regular sized glass can add up.

The solution? Put down that glass of juice and replace it with herbal tea.


Cookie Monster may not look overweight, but that’s because he’s a puppet, duh. But if you consume cookies even only half of what he usually does chances are you’re setting your weight and size to be monstrous. Most cookies you can buy are high in sugar and fat. That’s what makes these darlings delicious and addicting at the same time.
The solution? Stay away from that cookie jar or have your own mini-packs with just one or two cookies.

Refined Grains

Whether it’s organic or not refined grains still add a lot of weight. Be it in the form bread or pasta that seemingly healthy option for you can rack up a lot of calories, especially during holiday seasons. . “You can eat these foods very quickly, and you don’t get full because they aren’t made with fiber-rich whole grains that can fill you up,” Blake explains. Remember a cup of pasta is about 200 calories, but will eat just a cup?

The solution? Against all odds eat just a cup of pasta, or just few slices of bread or better, try whole-grain variety.


It looks good and it tastes good. But if bagels are part of your breakfast meal or worse it’s the only thing you eat in the morning and expect your weight to go up, even more. Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., a nutritionist in New York City and author of The Portion Teller Plan told HuffPo that bagels cause weight gain because they’re very dense. A single bagel, without any toppings is already at 400 calories.

The solution? The English Muffin. They taste just as good and only packs around 120 calories a piece.

Cream Cheese

Oh we love putting this on bagel, at least in the office. “Cream cheese is high in fat and high in calories, and it’s easy to use several tablespoons without realizing it,” Young explains. One tablespoon of cream cheese has 50 calories and 5 grams of unhealthy fat.

The solution? Put less cream cheese, especially on a bagel. Or if you’re ordering it from a store ask the crew for reduced-fat cream cheese. You can also scoop out some of it if you just can’t eat without it.

How many bagels with cream cheese can you eat in one sitting?