If you’re struggling to lose pounds and stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to eating healthily then you may be a food addict. By this I mean you may be addicted to some types of food.
Many people who strive for weight loss find they cannot get through even one day without a fix from their normal food choices without experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as headaches or severe cravings.
Also you may find that all the foods you think of as tasty and satisfying are in fact fattening and all the healthy foods you are trying switch to seem tasteless and boring to you. This makes it almost impossible for you to stay on a healthy diet long enough to lose pounds and see any real results in terms of your weight loss goals.
In particular caffeine and sugar-laden products fill supermarket shelves in the form of drinks, convenience foods and processed foods, and these two substances have been scientifically proven to be addictive.
If you find it hard to get through your day without drinking several coffees, cola or energizing drinks then you are more than likely addicted to their caffeine and sugar content.
This also applies to sugar-laden foods such as sweets, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, pastries etc.
If you really do want to lose pounds then your only option is to break your addiction and retrain your taste buds otherwise you will never reach your weight loss target.
You have become so accustomed to the taste of these foods that healthy options without these two substances appear to have no flavor at all.
Changing the way you eat takes time and you must give your body time to adjust to not having addictive foods at regular intervals. Set yourself a goal to go without coffee or cola for just one week. You will more than likely have headaches and strong cravings but if you can stay off them for a whole week you will definitely start to feel the benefits as you begin to lose pounds.
There are many ways to swap the sugary snacks and processed meals you love for healthier alternatives – swap chips for potato wedges, swap crisps for homemade popcorn flavored with herbs and spices, sweets for chopped dates, dried banana, apricots etc – they are so sticky and delicious.
A good alternative to creamy dips are humus or guacamole – cheap and easy to make and full of goodness.
Pack curries with vegetables, lentils, chickpeas etc instead of just meat, make a pie with just a pastry lid, not a pastry base.
If you have the mindset of deprivation then losing weight is going to seem like a massive battle to you.
Once you’ve broken your addiction and retrained your taste buds with some great swaps and healthy food you do like you’ll be able to lose pounds and reach your weight loss goals much more easily.