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Kick The Junk Food Habit with These 6 Tricks

There are many of you who can be considered junk food junkies and with the obesity rates exploding chances are there are many more of you who will be joining that clan very soon. Many people feel helpless and see themselves as unable to change what is happening to their bodies and their health. There is however some good news, by changing a few things and with a little commitment and hard work you can keep the junk food consumption under control or eradicate it all together.

What Got Us Hooked on Junk?

There is little doubt that there currently exists an addiction to junk food. The ever growing mass of scientific evidence is very difficult to ignore. In a Swedish study it was shown that ghrelin, which is a hormone that works by activating the reward system of the brain and also increases appetite, behaves in the same manner as alcohol and sugar.

Also our ready 24-hour access to decadent foods does not make the situation any easier. DR David Kessler theorised, in his book The End of Overeating, that many manufacturers have spent decades engineering a way to balance the amount of salt, fat, and sugar in junk food so much so that it is now addictive and irresistible. People’s almost automatic gluttonous response to what has been done to our food has been termed by the goodly doctor as “conditioned hypereating.”

What is going on these days is a focus on the physiological factors of eating including the fact that we have brains that have been innately predisposed to seek out those foods that are highly caloric. This is believed to be an instinct that has held over from the days of the cavemen. The human race has evolved those days and as such we are a much more complex species. By the time we are adults we are all a heavy mixture of psychoses and neuroses, and for many of us having a Twinkie brings us great comfort and security. What that means is that you never truly lose the urge to splurge.

The 6 Tricks to keeping your addiction under control

In order for you to break the junk food habit, you will need to have not only willpower but also patience. There are some things you can do on your own to change the outcome. It is possible to succeed and here’s where you begin.

1. Get rid of the junk food in your home.

Often-times when people are faced with a dire situation what they generally do is to bury their faces in some form of junk food such as a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. Now if that junk food was not in your house in the first place, then chances are great that you would not likely be having it at all. Another type of impulse eating many people engage in is what is called “unconscious eating.” Here you reach for a bag of chips while watching the television when you do not need to. If the junk was not available in your home you will likely be grabbing something else that is more nutritious.

2. Eat clean 80% of the time.

For the other 20% you can relax your diet. Your refrigerator and the kitchen cupboard are no longer concession stand looking and as such you have not been indulging in the “wrong” things, but on occasion you can actually live it up. What this means is you can have that small slice of Black forest cake every now and then. Try not to consume any junk food more than once a week. After eating the correct way for six days, consuming one cheat meal on day seven will still help you in reaching your goals.

3. Make eating healthy a comforting ritual.

When you eat junk food normally it becomes a ritual, meaning it becomes something that you can depend on that is also very comforting and constant. So the trick is to replace rituals that are unhealthy with ones that are healthy. So replace that late night beer with a cup of herbal tea and do it for at least 21 days consistently. It will eventually become a nightly ritual.

4. Have healthy foods with you wherever you go.

If a backpack or purse is something you carry around with you, then throw some raw nuts or an apple in there. These days it is more than likely that you will find yourself feeling hungry regularly. Instead of buying a donut you simply reach into your bag and much on some whole grain crackers, raw nuts, fresh fruit, or dried fruit. This will help to keep you full until your next major meal.

5. Rediscover fruits and veggies.

We are bombarded these days with quite a bit of unusual, healthy foods. This often causes us to stay away from fresh produce. We sometimes get bored of having apples all the time or we don’t eat certain veggies because of some stigma associated with it. Look around the fruit and veggie isle in your supermarket and try out some fruits and veggies that you may never have tried before. You can also try having fruits and veggies in a different way than you would normally.

6. Control Yourself.

There will be times when the temptation to eat junk food will hit you. Those are the times that you should fight to control yourself. Remind yourself of all the reasons why you quit. Think about the pain you will cause yourself if you do not control your urges. Keep in mind the outcome you are after and how you will feel once it is achieved. This will take constant practice as it is not easy to do.

For now, junk food will always be around but you do not have to indulge nor entertain it in your environment. Replacing junk food with its much healthier partners is a positive approach. Following these six tricks consistently will help you kick the habit and make you healthier.

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