How To Stop Addiction To Junk Food
Junk food has become an ever increasing threat to our world. It’s popularity has soared over the last couple of decades, and consequently so have the nation’s waistlines. With it’s highly calorific content, junk food is considered one of the root causes behind the nation’s obesity crisis. It is one of the biggest silent killers the Western world has ever faced. The challenge society now faces, is how to stop addiction to junk food.
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1. Clear Your Cupboards – Remove Junk Food!
The first starting point whenever you decide to eat more healthily, is to clear out your kitchen cupboards. Remove ALL junk food i.e. crisps, chocolate, chocolate spread, ice cream, cans of fizzy drink etc.
This may sound a touch dramatic, but it’s not! Why? Because if you are making big changes in your diet and eating habits, then your willpower is going to get tested, repeatedly. It’s not going to be a nice smooth easy ride. Why make your life harder than it needs to be?
The journey to eating healthily will become easier as the weeks go on, and your brains addiction to sugary foods will lessen. However, in the beginning you will likely experience strong cravings for sugary foods. If your leave your kitchen cupboards packed full of junk food, then you are leaving temptation in the home. You are far less likely to succeed in your new healthy diet.
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2. Drink Water
Make sure you drink plenty of water, as feelings of hunger and thirst are commonly mixed up. Ideally, aim to drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day (source).
One easy way to remember to increase your water intake, is to have a glass of water before every meal. After you have done this, wait a few moments to see if your cravings reduce. If they do, you were thirsty, not hungry.
Whilst out and about, make sure you take a water bottle with you to keep hydrated throughout the day. Try this really cool drinks bottle from Amazon. It looks great; comes in a range of different sizes; and keeps your water cool for 24 hours. And because the bottle is insulated, it keeps hot water hot for 12 hours too!
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3. Trigger Foods: Are You Addicted To Junk?
Which processed junk food do you crave, or binge on? Take a look at your existing diet, and write your ‘trigger foods’ down. The first step to breaking a habit, is to identify what triggers it.
Once you have your list of trigger foods, have a think about when you eat these foods. For instance, do you tend to binge on processed junk food when you are feeling stressed? Do you often grab convenience food on days when you are rushing kids from one activity to the next? Now that you are aware of your triggers, your mind is better able to tackle future urges to binge eat processed junk food.
The next step is to think about what you could do, to reduce these feelings. Could you distract yourself by going for a 30 minute walk? How about completing one of our KGS Home Workouts to calm your mind? If you are feeling stressed, why not show yourself some self care? Take a long bath with some beautiful bath melts, or an ultimate bath gift set, which will relax and calm both your mind and body.
Everyone is different, and no one solution will work for everyone. The process will always be one of trial and error.
4. Eat More Protein
Try to include a palm side portion of protein with every meal.
Protein is very filling, and reduces feelings of hunger. Including protein within each meal helps to lessens the hunger hormone ghrelin, which means that you are less likely to go snacking on processed junk food.
Studies have looked at the impact of protein on overweight men. According to Healthline, “increasing protein to 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60% and the desire to snack at night by half” (source).
5. Eat More Spinach!
This might sound like a funny one, but spinach is scientifically proven to be great for weight loss. How does this help to reduce your junk food intake though?
Well, firstly, spinach is low in calories, yet packed full of nutrients that are great for your body. Professor Erlanson-Albertsson discovered that drinking spinach before breakfast each morning, slows the digestion process down. This has the knock-on effect of giving your body time to release hormones to your brain, telling it you feel full. This is a great way to reduce your cravings for junk food, because the hormones produced act as appetite suppressants (source).
So who exactly likes eating lots of spinach, apart from Popeye?! If you do, that’s great! Why not check out the KGS Healthy Food Recipes for more tasty ideas? If you aren’t such a fan, you should consider giving these spinach extract capsules from Amazon a go. Super easy to take, and will help reduce your cravings for junk food. Enriched with super food extracts, and packed full of high quality ingredients.
How To Stop Addiction To Junk Food
Can You Be Addicted To Junk Food?
The simple answer is YES.
Food addiction is a new and controversial term, since few studies have researched it in depth. It is thought to be comparable to drug addiction, because the issue occurs in the same area of the brain. Processed junk food is thought to have an impact upon the reward centers of the human brain, whereby eating such foods results in the release of dopamine (a sense of happiness and well-being).
Junk food is highly calorific, and packed full of sugar, salt and fat. The high levels of sugar existing within processed junk food can lead to junk food addiction, because of the impact it has on the human brain. This is why certain people continually fail to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet. Their physical cravings are just too powerful.
In modern society people can become addicted to junk food. Many people struggle to stay fit and healthy. Losing weight is often seen as an uphill battle. Why? Because in today’s world we are busier than ever. Business has identified this issue, and created convenience stores full of quick, easy, grabbable food to serve individuals short on time. Consequently, we are now surrounded by an endless supply of takeouts and convenience food outlets offering us a solution that saves us time.
Individual’s willpower is tested daily, everytime they walk down the street. This never used to be an issue many decades ago, as there were simply not convenience stores at every turn.
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