Junk food - two words that make up a large part of the troubles of those who try to eat healthy or those trying to lose weight. Says Archana, 35, who has been trying very hard to win over her junk food cravings, “There are times when I literally feel like that burger is calling out to me!” Hopefully, this article will be able to give you some tips on how to defeat junk food in your quest for a healthy life.
The first rule of steering clear of junk food is to not set unattainable goals. Don’t promise to “eat healthy for one year”, because when your window of time is that long, the odd oily chhole bhature from the local dhaba doesn’t seem to be a big slip. So, make achievable goals. Mrs. Reena Kumar, mother of two teenagers from New Delhi, shows us pictures of her overweight self a decade ago and insists that keeping practical goals worked for her to get back in shape. “I began by promising to get through the day with no chips or aerated drinks. When I was able to get through a week without them, I realised that it made me feel better about myself – physically and mentally – to stay away from the junk food.”
Delhi based Dietician and Nutritionist Dr Ratna Dubey says, "That the biggest mistake people make is skipping meals. In fact the best way to kick the junk food habit is to eat small meals at regular intervals throughout the day. When you feel full, you snack less. If at work, carry sprouts or cut fruits to eat between meals."
One really cool trick to get rid of craving for sweets is recommended by Richard Feinman, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Quoted in Womens Health magazine, he says, "If you have a craving for sweets, say, just for about an hour after you’ve eaten, think of a nice full meal like a large sizzling steak. If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound good but if it doesn’t then your brain is playing tricks on you.” So, you should either drink water or do something to divert your mind from the craving!
Dr. Dubey suggests another way, “Get rid of stuff that you don’t want to eat. Go shopping on a full stomach and you’ll find that you’re not picking up the high calorie biscuits and the deep fried snacks. If you have any on your shelves at home, give them away or bin them. If you want to watch what you eat, you’ve got to watch what you buy."