Junk food has forever been known for their harmful effects on the body-the most widely discussed effect being obesity. What goes unnoticed, however, are the other ill effects of junk food such as the onslaught of exhaustion, heart diseases, liver damage, diabetes etc.
Junk food are not packed with any nutrients that the body needs, but harmful carbohydrates, cholesterol and fats that do not provide the body with useful nutrients. Therefore, a person consuming junk food will have a reduced amount of essential nutrients in his or her body and therefore, experience weakness.
Heart diseases have nailed out consumption of junk food as a major cause of their onslaught. Junk food contains a high amount of fat and oil, which the body finds difficult to digest. Besides, these get deposited on the inner linings of the blood vessels, which form plaques thereby, exerting pressure on the heart to pump blood.
Diabetes is a lifelong disease that is diagnosed in people, who eat an excess of junk food because junk food are packed with a high concentration of salt and sugars. They bring damage to the pancreas, which results in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
If you are a junk-food addict, here are ways you can fight your urge to have them:
- Clear your kitchen off junk food and stock the area only with nutritious food. Alternatively, you can pile healthy food within your reach and unhealthy food at the back. This helps reduce craving to a certain level. If however amount of restriction on junk food by way of stocking kitchen space with healthy food doesn’t work and only makes you rush to the store to grab your favourite tummy snackers, you are not at a loss; physical activity will help you burn the undesired calories that you consume through junk food.
- Include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eat healthy regularly to avoid the urge to eat snacks between meals. If you feel the urge to eat snacks, grab some fruits or prepare an assortment of fruits in a bowl and eat the mixture as a snack.
- Drink lots of water. Water not only helps keep the system clean and dehydrated, but also kills the cravings to have junk food. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day to increase the rate of metabolism and remove toxins from the body.
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