You Accidentally Overeat These Foods All the Time

For those of us who eat snacks to curb hunger, there are certain foods we find ourselves coming back to again and again. Whether it’s that box of cheesy crackers or a favorite fruit, eating too much of your favorites is very common. If you’re aiming to lose weight, then this becomes an even bigger issue, as you’re potentially sabotaging your goals by not giving yourself an accurate calorie count. Want to know which foods you’re probably overeating? These are the top seven foods that you’ll want to portion out before snacking.

1. Granola

granola with variety of seeds and nuts

It’s easy to overeat granola. | iStock.com/MariaShumova

Granola is by no means the worst processed food you can buy, but that doesn’t mean you can eat all you want. The problem with granola, whether we’re choosing to simply eat it with milk or put it on top of our yogurt, is that many of us have no idea how small a portion really is. A typical serving of granola is ¼ cup, and if you don’t measure this out, you’re very likely to eat way too much. According to the Houston Chronicle, 1 cup of granola typically sets you back about 600 calories and nearly 30 grams of fat. You’ll do much better if you grab a measuring cup.

2. Guacamole

mango guacamole with corn chips

Guacamole is delicious and addicting. | iStock.com/nata_vkusidey

This delicious dip has been a staple on party tables for years, and most of us don’t feel too guilty about indulging in quite a bit of guacamole. It’s primarily mashed avocado, a superfood known for its nutritional benefits and delicious taste. Unfortunately, you’re likely overeating it.

Heather Bauer, R.D. and founder of Bestowed, tells New York Magazine you shouldn’t think of avocados as fruits or vegetables, because they’re mostly fat. Though it’s the kind that’s good for your heart, eating too much of it can still cause you to consume too many calories. And when you add chips for dipping into the mix, things get even worse.

3. Nuts

Pecan nuts in wooden bowel

Nuts are healthy, but overeating them can lead to problems. | iStock.com/Amawasri

That bag of nuts may look harmless, but your portion size is likely to be way over the recommended amount. According to Prevention, a serving size of nuts is small — about 24 almonds, 18 cashews, 15 pecan halves, 14 walnut halves, or 8 Brazil nuts. If you tend to eat a lot more than this in a single sitting, you may notice some weight gain over time, or even some digestive issues. Make sure you measure out your nuts before snacking to avoid going overboard.

4. Chips

Potato chips

We’ve all eaten way too many chips before. | iStock.com

If you’ve ever reached for the bag of potato chips and told yourself you were only going to have a few just to realize that half the bag is gone in five minutes flat, then you’re not alone. There’s a reason it’s so hard to just eat a handful of potato chips. According to Time, studies show salty foods make people eat 11% more food than they would normally. You also might not realize that the serving size for potato chips is only about 15 chips, too. Count your chips, then put the rest of the bag away before enjoying.

5. Popcorn

freshly popped popcorn

It’s easy to eat way too much popcorn. | iStock.com

If you feel like you can eat an infinite amount of popcorn, that’s because it’s mostly air with a bit of fiber. Aside from the popped corn, there’s butter, oil, and salt, which is all you need to send your taste buds into a frenzy. A serving size of popcorn is 3 cups if it’s popped and 1½ tablespoons if it’s not popped. To make this snack healthier, air pop your own and season it as you like.

6. French fries

Fries

Fries are salty, fatty, and awesome — but don’t eat too many. | iStock.com

Even on your healthiest eating days, it’s tough to avoid the temptation of stealing a French fry when your friends order them. Again, it may not be your fault that you love fries so much — it’s our brains that are to blame.

A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that when rats were given highly salted foods, they experienced reduced stress levels. If you find yourself feeling frazzled, take half of the fries off of your plate immediately before you even begin eating to avoid this costly mistake.

7. Candy

Chocolate candy bar

It’s difficult to take just one bite of a candy bar. | iStock.com

The bag of sour gummies you just bought said there were supposed to be 5 servings in the bag, but you may find yourself eating all of them despite your better judgment. Body Ecology explains sugar is one of the most addictive substances you can ingest, maybe more so than cocaine. This means it’s super easy to eat way too much. If you must have a sweet treat, savor your candy slowly so you don’t binge.