Diet killers : snacks and fast foods.

I am sure there is one universal truth that we can all agree upon – its too easy to gain weight and much harder to lose it. Food is not only a survival instinct, it is also a pleasurable thing for most of us. Many use food to fulfil psychological needs such as enjoying chocolate when feeling blue or munching on potato chips when we are bored. When things affect our emotions, they are much harder to refrain from doing.

Fast foods, avoid them like plague.

These days there are fast food restaurants on what seems like every corner and frequent commercials on television to remind us of their existence.

Couple that with the hectic pace that many of us try to keep up with and its no wonder that most people eat fast food far too often than is healthy.

When you think fast food, I’ll bet the first thing that comes to mind is McDonald’s, right? As the oldest fast food chain around, this is not surprising. The main staple found there is the hamburger, in many different forms. The one thing in common with all of them is that they are loaded with fat and calories and leave you wanting more.

When you wash the food down with the typical soft drink, you can easily consume more than a day’s worth of fat in one quick burst. These excess calories turn to fat, particularly in those who live a sedentary life.

Snacks, avoid them like plague too.

Between meal snacks are another sneaky way to consume far more fat and calories than you should with very little nutritional value in them.

Chips, crackers, cookies and candies are all easily reached for and easily eaten – often while doing something else like watching television.

Before long, you look down and you realize that you ate a half a bag or more of something that will stick directly to your midsection as fat.

The more of these salty or sweet foods that you eat, the more your body will crave them which can compound the problem over time.

Conclusion : alternatives exist; fast food is ok, junk food is not.

Planning ahead to ensure that you have easily prepared but healthy alternatives is one way to avoid the fast food trap. You can even double up on most recipes and freeze half of it for future use so when you have little time, you can pop the extra from the freezer into the microwave. VoilĂ ! Fast food but not junk food as it’s your own healthy meal. Don’t keep fattening snack foods in the house. Instead keep cut vegetables or fruits always available. When the snack craving hits, you will reach for the nearby healthy foods as they are right there. After a little while, your body will stop craving the unhealthy snack foods that you used to be addicted to.