4 Reasons Why You Might Crave Junk Food
Junk food, we all know eating it in excess is not good for us but why does it taste so good?
All because it sets off the pleasure center in your brain, making you crave more and more. The following 4 reasons you might crave junk food are very common, and understanding them can help you get your diet, your waistline and your health back on track.
1 – Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Junk food has so little nutritional value that the more you eat, the more lacking in healthy minerals and nutrition your body becomes. You don’t receive enough healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but the food gives you a boost, like a chocolate bar does. Your brain tells you that you’re still hungry, since it needs the essential nutritional components it’s missing. You reach for something more to eat to solve the hunger problem, and you find junk food in your hand again.
2 – Your Brain Tells You To
Many unhealthy foods are intentionally engineered to set off a pleasure response in your brain. Foods filled with sugar, salt and fat automatically send a signal to your brain that makes it feel good. In response, your brain tells you to get more of that thing which just made it feel so happy. That is why eating junk food just once can turn into nearly irresistible junk food fest for some of us.
3 – You’re SO Tired and Worn Out
Junk food is often jam-packed with sugar and other sweeteners. You are lagging in the middle of the morning or afternoon, and you need a quick pick-me-up. Unhealthy, sugar-filled snacks will definitely give you a quick boost. But this artificial energy leads to an inevitable crash. And it is accompanied by other unhealthy chemicals and processed ingredients that do your body and your mind more damage than good. As yourself, why are you tired? Is it your eating rhythm or possibly adrenal fatigue? Its imperative to get to the root cause of your fatigue.
4 – It’s Driven By Your Emotions; Are Very Happy… Or Very Sad?
Did you know that up to 75% of overeating happens as an emotional response? This can often times lead you straight for the junk food only because you know it as being tied to what has soothed you in the past or what celebrating consisted of.