How to avoid the temptation of junk food

Whether it is the sugar or fats that get your taste buds going, junk food is a temptation for us all. Not only is it available everywhere, but it is often our cheapest and fastest option too. Junk food, is everywhere in todays society and eating this regularly can have a serious impact on our health, and often stop us achieving our weight loss and fitness goals. If you’re looking to avoid it completely (or to eat very occasionally!), here are some tips:

Learn the facts

We all know that junk food is bad for us, but what does “bad” actually mean? If you are trying to put yourself off it, you may want to read up on some of the following facts…
Ever heard of the phrase “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”? This may not exactly be true, but here are some unsettling truths about our junk food treats. To burn off one Big Mac burger, for example, it would take 48 solid minutes of sit-ups, an hour of constant punching on a boxing bag, or over two hours of weight lifting. And that is without including the milkshake and fries that might go with it!
One can of Coca-Cola contains an incredible ten teaspoons of sugar, which is already over our daily allowance. Too much sugar and fat in our diets will not only expand our waistlines, but can lead to heart diseases, attacks and blockages which are all potentially fatal. So, put down the chocolate for a healthier heart, and a healthier you.

Find an alternative

Sometimes we convince ourselves that we need to eat chocolate or sweets to get an energy boost or to emotionally feel better in the moment. In fact, the fast releasing sugars in these products mean that your sugar levels will spike and then crash again soon after. To really lift your energy and mood, why not reach instead for a banana, or other fruits like pineapple or dried apricots? These will release their natural sugars into your system slowly. If it is the salty, fried food that you are craving, try instead to eat fibrous foods like quinoa grains or rice. Foods that are high in fibre will make you feel fuller for longer. Unsalted nuts are also far healthier to snack on than processed foods.

Plan for difficult times

There are likely to be difficult times when it comes to social events or celebrations, like birthdays, parties or meals out with friends. Make sure you put a plan in place well ahead of time so as to not give in to the temptation when you get there. This could be planning on ordering a coffee instead of a dessert, keeping a piece of fruit in your handbag in case you get hungry, or how about warning your friends beforehand not to ask you if you want a slice of cake? It may sound funny, but everything you can do to help yourself will avoid moving off your healthy path at the event.

Make it count!

There will be those times, of course, where temptation is far too hard not to give in to. And if you do, make sure you enjoy it! The good news is, however, that by limiting your intake of junk food on a daily basis, it is likely to feel like more of a treat when you do allow yourself to indulge. You may also find that you do not need to eat as much as you did before to satisfy your cravings and soon, you may not even want or need it at all. The most important thing, however, is to get back onto your healthy eating plan as soon as possible. That way you can limit the damage and carry on to achieve great things.

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