3 Ways to Quit Eating Junk Food
By Genevieve Cunningham
There’s so much to love about junk food. And in America, we love it all day every day. Perhaps it’s our love for junk food that has us, as a society, heavier than ever before. Obesity is a real problem, all the way from small children to adults, and it’s causing a serious decline in health. If you’re ready to get your weight under control, boost your health, and finally kick your junk food habit for good, take a look at these effective tips.
Make a Plan of Action
Junk food doesn’t have to be a difficult habit to break, but it’s still better to make yourself a plan of action. What will you eat in place of your usual junky snack when the urge hits? What will you buy to keep your cabinets from feeling empty? How will you avoid a binge when a weak moment gets you? Make a plan for all of these situations. Knowing what you’re going to do in each situation can give you the extra strength you need to say no to your favorite treat or to pick yourself up when you slip.
Guess what. You don't actually have to avoid all junk food for the rest of your life. If your diet is mostly good, you can afford the occasional treat. But you should definitely scale back a bit. A treat does not mean once a day. Once a week? Maybe. Once every two weeks? Go for it. Allowing yourself to indulge on a regular basis can take the challenge out of the equation and make the process so much easier.
Get a Little Self Discipline
Let's be blunt: Quitting junk food is just a decision. Once you make it, use your own self-discipline to keep it. What does this mean? It means saying no when someone offers dessert, steering clear is the junk food aisle at the grocery store, and quitting after just one on your treat day. Think you can't do it? You can. Tell yourself that you can and believe it. If you can muster up even a smidge of self control, you'll have an easier time breaking the habit.
Junk food is not the worst habit in the world, but it will definitely improve your health to cut back or quit. Use these tips to get you moving toward a healthier diet, and you may find that you feel better than ever before.
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