Junk food is tempting, that’s the truth, it has the perfect combination of fat, salt, and sugar to hook our brains and make us always want more.

With so much junk food available, it becomes easy to give in to temptation if we don’t stop for a moment and think if it is food or just a combination of ingredients designed to make us eat more and more.

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When we are craving something yummy and delicious right now, and “want to spoil ourselves”, it is hard to resist unhealthy food. The problem is when this gets out of control and creates a fast food or junk food addiction.

Also, one thing to consider is the sugar in junk food, since this is one of the main ingredients of all these kinds of food. No matter if it is sweet or savory, everything has sugar in it, leading not only to weight gain but also to problems with our blood sugar levels, which may favor the development of diabetes.

So, if you want to know how to stop eating junk food or fast food one of the first things you can do is to practice mindful eating, in other words, before eating junk food just because or to follow your friends, think if this is really what your body needs and whether you want to eat it because you crave it or just because you are on autopilot.

Here are some other tips you can follow to try and break the habit:

  • Get a good night’s sleep: it is easier to give in to temptation if we are tired and in a bad mood.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast: this will help fill you up for longer and prevent you from scarfing down a packet of crisps in the middle of the day. 
  • Plan meals and shopping: keeping your fridge and pantry stocked, and thinking about meals in advance, will save you from ordering takeout.
  • Plan and enjoy junk food: yes! eating junk food once in a while is not bad, but be aware of it and enjoy it. 

Asked by: Richard H.

Registered dietitian-nutritionist and Writer

With a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Eva is a dietitian-nutritionist who is passionate about everything related to food and nutrition.
She is always in constant search of knowledge and loves to write about topics related to food, nutrition, healthy eating habits, and tips for a healthy lifestyle, making knowledge about food and nutrition education available to everyone, helping them to have better health.

She is also a chef and has experience in recipe creation and workshops on healthy cooking.