How do I stop eating and craving junk food?
The reason that you crave junk food, chocolate, candy, and other sweets is because of sugar and carb addiction. Not all sugar and carbs are bad so it helps to know which are the ones that cause cravings. The foods that contain addictive refined sugar are easy to identify – the addictive carbs are less so. Identifying them is important to enable you to lose weight.
- The obvious addictive sugar foods; predictably these include chocolate, cakes, biscuits, cookies, candy, doughnuts, ice cream, syrups, and sweet pastries (anything with refined sugar in). These can be classed as ‘Bad Sugar’.
- The addictive carb foods; it is these foods which are less obvious when it comes to sugar and carb addiction; foods such as pasta, pastry, bread, rice, noodles, potatoes, fries, and chips/crisps. These can be classed as ‘Bad Carbs’.
- Addictive junk food; most processed foods contain refined sugar and processed carbs and are therefore addictive. This includes all ‘fast foods’, ready-made-sauces, ready meals etc.
- The addictive sugar drinks; any drink containing refined sugar but also, for some people, drinks containing concentrated levels of fruit (smoothies and juice) can also cause a problem with blood sugar levels (which is involved in ‘Bad Sugar’ and ‘Bad Carb’ addiction).
- Understand sugar addiction and carb addiction; it’s the addictive nature of ‘Bad Sugar & Bad Carbs’ which make it difficult for some people to have “only a couple of cookies’ or “just two chocolates from the box” or “a small bowl of pasta”.
- Moderation ISN’T the key when it comes to sugar & carb addiction; if you understand that a heroin addict can’t have a little heroin every now and then, and that an alcohol addict can’t have an occasional alcoholic drink every now and then, then you’ll understand why a sugar & carb addict has a problem moderating their intake of addictive food.
- When what you consume is nutritionally bankrupt you overeat and crave it; refined sugar and processed carbs have little, if any, nutritional value. They are generally flavourless and unpalatable and are therefore mixed with ‘real food’ such as fruit or vegetable sauces. It is the (often tiny) element of ‘real food’ in the item that provides any nutrition of note e.g. the tomato sauce on pasta. Your body and brain will not recognise that you have eaten until you have taken on an adequate amount of nutrition so you tend to eat the processed or starchy carbs until you feel uncomfortably ‘stuffed’. With refined sugar you tend to eat more and more of the item and feel disgusted with yourself once you have done so e.g. chocolates, cookies, sweets/candy
- Stop putting junk food into your body and the inclination to eat it disappears; but the only way to achieve this permanently is to change the way you think about junk food, bad sugar, and bad carbs. If you feel you are going without something that you used to enjoy you’ll be tempted to go back to the addiction, however if you realise that you’ve escaped something that was causing you to be enslaved and ill then you feel free. Allen Carr’s Good Sugar, Bad Sugar book, on-demand video programme, and weight loss & sugar addiction seminar can help you view the addiction the way it really is.