While proper nutrition depends upon the individual and his health goals, foods linked to over-consumption and obesity include those high in carbohydrates and saturated fats, such as pretzel dogs, coffee-cake muffins, potato chips and calzones, states Health.com. Examples of fast foods to avoid include Coldstone shakes and Starbucks Frappuccinos.
Auntie Anne's Jumbo Pretzel Dog, while advertised as a snack, has 610 calories and 29 grams of fat, 13 of which are saturated. In a 2,000-calorie diet, a full day should not exceed 20 grams of saturated fats, making this snack especially unhealthy, according to Health.com. A healthier option at Auntie Anne's includes the original pretzel without butter, coming in at 310 calories and only 1 gram of fat.
Other foods to avoid include sugary cereals, store-bought frosting, bagels and margarine, states Fitness Magazine. Instead of sugary cereals such as Frosted Flakes and Cap'n Crunch, healthier options include corn flakes and Rice Chex, both of which are gluten-free and low in sugar. Margarine especially should be avoided due to its content of trans fats, which raise cholesterol levels significantly. Snack foods often have stick margarine as an ingredient instead of butter; these include microwavable popcorn, processed pastries and some snack crackers.