This is a contributed post about being addicted to junk food by Drew Stegman.
You probably already know that junk food is not good to consume in large amounts, due to the fact that it has negative health implications. But if you’re trying to lose weight fast or gain muscle fast, then eating junk food on a regular basis can be even worse.
Junk food is typically not healthy for you for several reasons. It’s high in sugar, sodium, processed fats, artificial flavors, preservatives, chemicals and so on. And if you’re trying to lose weight, these ingredients can sabotage your results.
In many cases junk foods are often loaded up with processed carbs, which can make things even worse and can lead to some serious health implications down the road. Eating junk food will only lead to addiction, unhealthy habits and binge eating. I hope you’re starting to see why junk food is so bad.
Addicted To Junk Food
But despite many of these negative consequences to eating junk food, many of us can’t seem to kick the habit. And it’s not hard to understand why – it over-stimulates your brain and keeps you coming back for more. But how do you know if you’re a junk food addict? Let’s go ahead and take a look at 5 signs:
- Getting Cravings When You’re Full – This is quite possibly the greatest indicator of rather or not you are addicted to junk food. If you’ve just eaten a large meal and you’re still getting cravings for junk food, then you need to put down the fork and seriously think about what’s happening to your body and mental health. If you just got done feasting on a well-balanced meal, there’s absolutely no reason you should find it necessary to gorge your face in a tub of ice cream.
- Binge Eating – If you constantly act on these cravings even when your body does not need the calories to function, weight gain is inevitable. You already don’t need extra calories, but when you consume these extra calories in the form of junk food you’ve just made things much worse for yourself.
- Having a Difficult Time Quitting – If you’ve tried conquering your junk food addiction many times in the past without success, then you’re definitely addicted to all of that sugar, the artificial flavors, fat and over-stimulation that is in junk food.
- Making Excuses to Cheat – I’m sure we’ve all done this a couple of times in our life, but if your constantly making excuses as to why you can’t put down that bag of potato chips, then you definitely have a problem. Portion control is key when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight or for losing weight and when it comes to junk food this is no different.
- Feeling Guilty – Listen to your body. Your emotions can let you know a lot about your mental and physical well-being, so if you feel guilty after eating junk food then you probably have a problem.
So how do I eliminate my junk food addiction?
Probably the best thing to do would be to gradually eliminate the amount of junk food in your diet each day and replace it with healthy foods. I would start with 100 calories per day. For example, if you love your bag of potato chips, replace 100 calories of potato chips with 100 calories of sweet potatoes instead. And if you love your candy, replace 100 calories of candy with 100 calories of fruit instead. Love your sugary cereal in the morning? Oatmeal is a great substitute.
Starting to get the big picture? You don’t want to make all of these changes at once, since your body will have trouble adapting and you will most likely slip back into your old habits of consuming junk food again. So instead, make small, gradual changes over the course of 2-3 weeks until your diet is cleaned up completely. This will allow your body, mind and soul to adapt to your new diet without any of the withdrawal issues that you would experience if you suddenly cut all of the junk food out of your diet. This is the best advice I can give you.
Author Bio – My name is Drew and I have been a fitness coach for the past 15 years. I love helping my clients reach their fitness goals and get into incredible shape. Throughout my years of experience I’ve learned one thing – it’s not about where you start, it’s about where you finish. Follow me on Google+.