Three weeks into the New Year is when we give up on our New Year’s resolutions, decide we are too weak to stick to a diet and then console ourselves with the junk food we were trying to avoid. If you’ve done this don’t feel bad or weak, it’s not your fault.
The foods we crave are highly addictive and can be as hard to give up as drugs or cigarettes.
Crisps, cakes, chocolates, biscuits, pastries, sweets and fast food are not foods at all they are a cocktail of chemicals, colourings, sugar, trans fat and preservatives and the body becomes addicted to these chemicals as they make the body release dopamine the same way drugs do. Like all addictions we need more and more of the drug just to get the same effect. So now your understand why your ideal weight has been such a struggle with all that junk food around.
If you have been struggling with junk food and getting knocked off your ideal weight ladder you could see yourself as a‘BAD FOOD JUNKIE’
If you have a diet of burgers, crisps, sausages and cake your brain will be programmed into craving even more foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, according to new research.
Over the years these junk foods can become a substitute for happiness and will lead bingers to become addicted.
Dr Paul Kenny, a neuroscientist, carried out the research which shows how dangerous high fat and high sugar foods can be to our health.
“You lose control. It’s the hallmark of addiction,” he said.
The researchers believe it is one of the first studies to suggest brains may react in the same way to junk food as they do to drugs.
Wait! ‘Don’t worry, you don’t have to live on mung beans and bean sprouts to get to your ideal weight.’
When you crave food and then eat it really quickly and then want more of it that’s an addiction and like all addictions the only cure is to stop eating the addictive food.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to live on mung beans and bean sprouts. Having been very addicted to all kinds of junk I easily gave them all up by finding alternatives that made me feel I could enjoy treats and yummy things and hardly noticing the difference except of course that I felt so much better, I had more energy and was happier and I became slimmer too.
Now you understand what junk food does here are my 3 TOP TIPS to bring you closer to your ideal weight
- Diet colas can be replaced with crazy jack blackcurrant, fizzy water and a little Stevia or Z sweet.
- Only eat very dark 80% cocoa chocolate and you will soon find the other stuff too sweet.
- Crisps are not a food they are chemicals and fat burned at a high temperature, replace them with air popped popcorn flavoured with a little light soy sauce or a little natural sea salt.
The body will ask for whatever you give it, if you have tea with four sugars and you remove the sugar you will miss it and then prefer it without. As you give your body better and more natural food it will forget about junk very quickly and often within ten days. Your body can’t break down trans fat and chemicals. It wraps them in more fat and stores them on your bum and hips so without them you edge closer to the ideal weight goal.
If you want to find the food that never makes you fat ask yourself this question before you buy something or order it:
“Could I make this in my kitchen?”
So if your question is should I use butter or margarine the answer is butter is better than margarine but natural spreads are better still because anyone can blend avocadoes, olives, chick peas or soya beans into a dip or spread and you could whiz nuts or sunflower seeds and oil into a nut or seed butter very easily.
If you really wanted to and had the time and energy you could take cream and churn it into butter but it would take a lot of effort. However you could not make margarine in your home unless you could get hydrogenated gas and boil vegetable oil at a tremendous heat then mix it with the hydrogenated gas, allowing it to cool, before adding bleach, deodorant, emulsifier and colourings and thus making margarine. Aside from this the question is also why would you even want to?
Without access to a science lab or a refinery it’s not actually possible. so before you buy or eat a food ask yourself this question could I make this at home? If the answer is yes eat it, if it’s no, avoid it.
This simple question will help you choose real food that your body uses and burns off keeping you slim and healthy rather than chemicals that are left in your body for years wrapped in internal fat making you fatter and making you lethargic and unwell. You could knock up real popcorn in your kitchen in minutes but you can’t make cheese doodles or twiglets. You can dry your own fruit or make fruit purees but you can’t make fruit roll ups and while anyone can boil a ham you can’t make spam or luncheon meat. Keep asking yourself these simple questions and it will help you to make the right choices.
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