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How to Stay Away from Junk Food

12 May, 2009, Health,Miscellaneous - No Comment

junkfoodMost of us crave for junk food. French fries, chips, soda, candy, fried foods – we simply can’t do without these junks! But the obesity epidemic that we are faced with today is largely fueled by junk foods that are loaded with carbs, sugars and fats. Hence, staying away from junk food is a prime prerequisite to a healthy diet. Avoiding junk food can be a tough challenge, but here are a few tips to help you try eating more healthy.

The main reasons that we like junk food is because of the taste, flavor, texture, and also to some extent the way our genes have evolved. These overly processed foods are high in simple carbs, sugars, fat and sodium. Excess intake of junk food results in extra calorie consumption in the form of sugars and fats. These calories accumulate in the body as body fat instead of being utilized for energy. This may lead to various health ailments including heart diseases and diabetes.

Follow these tips to reduce your craving for junk food.

1. Ignore them

Ignoring your cravings for fast food can be a tall task at hand, but this can well be a good starting point towards building a healthy diet. Whenever a bout of junk-food-craving hits you, try not to think about such foods and divert your attention elsewhere.

2. Substitute junks with healthier foods

One effective way of ditching junk food is by substituting them by healthier snacks that are similarly flavorful and match the textures of junk food. For instance, try substituting decadent chocolate cookies with healthier oatmeal cookies.

3. Drink plenty of water

Make sure you drink plenty of water everyday, so that most of the times you’ll have a feeling of fullness. If your stomach feels considerably full always, this will automatically reduce the chance of you craving to munch on something every now and then.

4. Allow yourself the liberty of having junk food once in a while

Once you start trying to eat healthy, you cannot immediately eliminate your cravings for junk food. It is however important to start by moderating the intake of such fast foods, and thereby gradually working towards staying away from them.

The tips mentioned above would require patience and determination on your part to be able to restrain yourself from eating junk food. For best results, practice self control and reduce your intake of junk food gradually.

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