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How to Deal With Cravings for Unhealthy Foods

How to Deal With Cravings for Unhealthy Foods

Dealing With Cravings for Unhealthy Foods

Most of us are aware of the fact that junk food and processed foods are not healthy, but cravings can still drive you to eat them, and the worst part is that many of these foods are designed to be addictive. Food scientists actually know what makes the experience of eating pleasurable, and they design junk foods to be appealing to your appetite. They are designed to be addictive so that you keep purchasing them, and they also don't satisfy your hunger in the way that natural whole foods do, so you end up eating more of these unhealthy foods.

Food scientists design junk foods to have appealing textures such as the crunch in potato chips or a soft cookie. Also, the combination of salt, sugar, and fat is carefully selected in every junk food to be appealing and addictive. These foods are also designed to cause a salivary response, and foods that do this taste better to your brain. Also, junk foods are often designed to be calorie dense while having a small volume and breaking down quickly; meaning that you can eat several portions of them and still not feel full.

Your memories of eating junk food work against you

Even the memory of eating junk food works against you. When you eat junk food, your brain recalls pleasurable memories of eating junk food in the past, and that creates even more of an appetite for them. The smell of popcorn or pizza for instance often immediately triggers an appetite for these foods and a salivary response based on memories of eating these foods in the past. So, there are plenty of factors working against you when it comes to cravings for junk food.

Of course, the worst part of junk foods is the havoc that they wreak on your body including creating insulin resistance which leads to diabetes, increased body fat and visceral fat, metabolic problems, and many other health problems when they are consumed regularly. It is easy to fall into a vicious cycle when you aren't extremely careful with your junk food consumption. If you find that many of the foods you eat on a regular basis are processed or junk foods, and you aren't careful to limit or eliminate their consumption, you can easily find your appetite mainly being dictated by these engineered foods instead of natural whole foods, and it can dramatically change your appetite.

The HCG diet can help you with junk food cravings

Fixing your cravings for processed foods isn't impossible of course, but it can be difficult. The more junk food that you eat, the more difficult it will be to ignore your cravings for them. Knowing that junk foods are purposely designed to be addictive, and knowing how dangerous they are to your health, you should do your best to avoid them and stick to natural foods. But, in spite of your best efforts, you still might occasionally crave a sugary dessert or pizza.

There are several methods that nutritionists suggest for dealing with your unhealthy cravings. In general, the less junk food that you eat on a regular basis, the easier it will be for you to deal with your cravings. If the majority of your diet is healthy, natural food, your brain will adjust and you will start to crave natural foods. The problem for many people is making the transition from a diet that is filled with junk food, to a diet that with a minimal amount of it or none at all.

That is why low calorie natural diets like the HCG diet can be a lifesaver. The HCG diet eliminates any and all junk food for a period of 23 days at minimum, which is more than enough time for your brain to readjust to healthy whole foods. It can work wonders at eliminating cravings for unhealthy foods in the long term. By restricting your diet to strictly whole foods for a period of time, your brain will start to crave them, even though the transition during the first week may be a bit rough. To get more information on how the HCG diet can benefit you and help you with junk food cravings, click here.

Avoid processed food as much as possible

Prepackaged foods are your worst enemy when you're trying to eliminate your cravings for unhealthy foods. Always try to avoid them as much as you can, ideally altogether, but if you have to eat anything that is prepackaged, make sure that it is made only with natural ingredients, and the fewer ingredients the better. If you avoid processed food and stick to snacking on natural foods such as nuts, fruit, and vegetables, you'll find that your cravings will start to reduce.

Eat several different foods

When you eat several different healthy foods you will help your brain with cravings for junk food. It is easy to get sick of eating the same food over and over again, and when you are craving something unhealthy it can be your brain telling you to switch your diet up to include more protein or healthy fat. Try a wide range of different organic whole foods including a variety of different organic meats, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats from nuts, coconut oil, and olive oil. One great way to reduce your appetite for unhealthy foods is to consume more healthy fat, because it is so filling and calorie dense. You may not be getting enough protein and fat in your diet, which will keep you full for longer periods of time and reduce the chance that you'll eat junk food as a snack or be tempted to eat fast food.

Are you eating because of stress?

Emotional eating is one of the main reasons why people crave junk food, and if you find yourself going through a stressful time you need to be extra cautious of your junk food consumption. Eating simple carbohydrates is proven to have an endorphin releasing effect; it is essentially a drug like effect that can help cope with stress. Unfortunately the negative effects of the carbohydrates from junk food outweigh any beneficial effect that they can have on your mood. If you find that you're tempted to eat something sweet when you're stressed, try low sugar dark chocolate or a smoothie made from fresh fruit and stevia.

When you try a diet like the HCG diet, your cravings for sugar and junk food are almost guaranteed to reduce dramatically because eliminating your consumption of those foods for even just a week can reset your brain chemistry to normal. For more information on how the HCG diet can help reset your metabolism and help change your appetite for healthy foods, click here.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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