If you’ve ever tried and failed to lose weight, you’ll understand that sometimes your willpower alone isn’t enough. Well, a new study published in the National Journal of Neuroscience shows that certain foods are just as addictive as illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. By cutting out the worst foods from our diet, we can learn from this study and improve your nutrition. Doing this will make your weight loss journey much easier.
The study shows that the brain reaction caused by intake of high-calorie foods is remarkably similar to that of the reaction when heroin and cocaine are ingested by the body. The more of these foods we eat, the more our brains crave this chemical reaction. To compound this problem, your brain also develops a tolerance to this reaction, in turn, your body gets used to eating these harmful foods. This is why some of us continue to eat, even after we’re full.
Key Foods to avoid
The worst offenders won’t surprise you. Classic junk foods rule this list. From pizza to chocolate and Big Macs, you’ll be familiar with all of these. Luckily for you, if we can identify the foods that are causing these issues, we can eliminate them with relative ease. So next time you’re in the supermarket, skip the biscuit aisle and head for the fruit and veg instead.
Another key factor is limiting the number of times you eat out each week. Fast food takeaways often add harmful chemicals such as MSG and high fructose corn syrup during cooking. Preparing your own food at home is the best way to ensure you’re not taking in harmful additives.
If you’re looking to get a hold of your diet, ask your personal trainer for some advice, and see what they can do for you.