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How to Curb the Urge to Eat Junk Food?

All those hours in the gym, sweating it out, will go down the drain if there is not focus on the diet. The right balance of workout and diet will give the desired results. Everybody knows that the tasty and mouth watering​ junk food is high in calorie content. It’s health risks are not unknown. But at the same time it is also extremely tempting and difficult to ignore!

Read on to resolve the dilemma of whether to eat or avoid that piece of junk food.

One question that comes in the mind is that why is junk food so tempting in the first place? Why are we unable to stop ourselves even after knowing that it is not healthy?

Well, it does have a scientific reasoning behind it.

There are two main reasons behind it.

Junk foods are manufactured in such a way so as to excite the brain. The perfect blend of fat, salt, sugar, carbohydrates and protein tricks our brain into eating it. The food is designed, manufactured and marketed in such a way that ignoring it becomes almost impossible. It’s texture also matters a lot. Junk foods are the perfect blend of crunchiness and softness, like the crunchy chocolate biscuit of Oreo and the smooth cream inside! Our mind gets too many sensations at the same time, it doesn’t get bored easily, hence we crave for it.

Not only do we crave for junk food but also overeat it at most of the times. This is because as soon as we take a bite, it melts away in our mouth. Our mind gets the signal that we are eating less although the amount of calories going in are more than the estimation of our brain. It’s just that the stomach does not get the feeling of being full. Hence we tend to overeat those packets of chips or fries.

Now that you the reason behind liking and overeating junk food, let’s move over to the solutions.

Drink more water

Drink more water. It is good for the metabolism of the body. Also whenever you are hungry and crave for junk food, drive water as it keeps the stomach full.

Sleep more

Sleeping as an bodily function is as important as the beating of heart. Body repairs itself while sleeping. Moreover a recent study showed that inadequate sleep led to more cravings for unhealthy snacks. So start hitting the bed early and remember to eat at least two hours before sleeping because a full stomach may hinder in falling asleep.

Plan meals

If your meals are already planned then their will be no scope for trying out a new pizza place down the street! Decide what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner the previous day itself.

Have healthy options

Instead of stocking on those packets of chips and candies, keep your shelves stocked with alternative healthy yet tasty snack options for those midnight cravings. Try out different delicacies from around the world (which are healthy!) Put a habit of eating fruits. They are rich in natural sugars and tasty too. Eat healthy fats like omega 3 found in nuts.

Add proteins to your diet

Proteins are body building foods. They also keep the stomach fuller for longer periods of time. So pangs of hunger are kept at bay. Unnecessary consumption of junk food is controlled  hence.

Have patience

Lastly, don’t go too hard on yourself​. Change your habits gradually. Give time. Treat yourself occasionally!

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About the author

Kara Perez

Kara lives in Austin, TX, working as a writer and a nonprofit development associate. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with $25,302 in student loans and paid them off in three and a half years on a salary of less the $28,000. Kara blogs about debt payoff, frugal living and women in media on her website, www.fromfrugaltofree.wordpress.com

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