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Published On: Wed, May 9th, 2018

Is junk food your best friend? Learn Smart tips to unfriend it

Junk food however delicious or soothing it is, in the long run, it will be fatal. If you are the one who just cannot wait to get up and have your first meal whether fries, burger and shake or two big meals of your day comprise of junk food then you are a junk food addict. Many people think there is no term like junk food addict but it is an addiction and clinically proven. Most often when people try to break free from the addiction they experience withdrawal symptoms and it takes years of practice and lifestyle change to get over the addiction just like smoking or consuming alcohol.

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Smart Tips to stay away from junk and food and kick off the addiction

 

  • Scan your place: Our home tells the story of our life. What is in your kitchen? Vegetables, fruits or processed food? If it’s the latter then it’s time to throw away processed and packaged food and fill your kitchen cabinets with actual food like lentils, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. It’s time to take a trip to the grocery and get healthy items using vouchers from Bydiscountcodes.co.uk. It will be your first step towards healthy living.
  • Know your trigger points: What triggers you to overeat and indulge in junk food? Is it an emotional response to stress or you just the love smell of junk food? Several studies show that our brain gets used to the taste of the food and body craves particular food items when eaten on regular basis. When you will know your trigger points, it will be easy to consciously stop yourself from indulging and break the pattern. So the key is to be aware and consciously stay away.
  • Don’t react to withdrawal symptoms: Just like any other addiction, even a person suffering from junk food addiction will suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Whether it is, headache, mood swings, increase appetite, fatigue, low energy levels, etc. In this phase, it is important to have regular meals, stay busy and workout. The workout will keep your brain busy and initial 21 days will be heavy eventually will help to break the pattern and detoxify the body.
  • Adopt a new hobby: It is all about keeping your mind away from wandering and mulling over food options. Start a new hobby which you always wanted to do and it will give you a feel good factor, keep your mind engrossed and sense of accomplishment will help you stay motivated on your diet. It is important to push yourself and stay committed to the goal until a specific date.
  • Have a cheat day: It is important to push yourself and commit to your goal but it is also to reward yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself and have a cheat day once a week and then eventually once a month. This will keep you motivated enough to continue and with time you will be able to control urges and cravings.

 

Conclusion

Needless to say, kicking the junk food addiction takes time and effort. It requires a total lifestyle change but with patience and determination, it will happen. Also, one more quick tip: if your friends are on sleepover then don’t eat all the junk food left over from the night in the morning.

Author: Amaan Singh

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