Foods are delicious, fun, emotional, imperative and – stressful as hell. For many people, trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine is a constant rollercoaster of successes, mistakes, "cheat days," resets, guilt and confusion.
Why, even when we try our best, is it so hard to just be healthy all the time?
Well, for starters, see above. The food is delicious. The temptation is great, labels are lying and our bodies all work in mysterious ways. When a man begins to eat oatmeal and stops drinking brown cloves for three days to lose weight and it works well it is probably right there to send a person (me) to a tailspin.
We know our core what it means to be healthy. It doesn't mean bitch diets, and that doesn't mean quick fixes ̵
Sounds like a real piece of cake, eh?
But it's more than that. When you look at the many elements that are struggling against us all the time, you can just find time to pause. By a set Kat Bar. Or an apple – whatever. So why is it so hard to eat well?
Because junk food is scientifically irresistible.
We are born with a taste for both sweet and salty foods, and as Julie Kendrick reported to HuffPost in March, the brands are quick to utilize this body factor. "Unwanted foods have been sourced from the manufacturer-original equipment we have been given, and found out how to give us more and more exactly the tastes we were born in," she wrote.
Because fast food ads are pulling a quick one on you.
Fast food ads have an impact on your brain, not only through targeted ads, but also through product placements and on social media, and you can't even be aware of it.
The Food and Addiction Science and the University of Michigan Treatment Laboratory are currently conducting a study of 180 teenagers to determine how fast food ads affect the brain's reward center. The fast food ads they were shown turned out to be more effective than other advertisements, and those most affected were more likely to go. "It's hard for people to defend themselves because it's not a deliberate process," Ashley Gearhardt, who conducts the investigation, told HuffPost.
Because it's expensive, it's expensive.
A slice of pizza costs less than $ 5. A fancy make-your-own salad can cost up to $ 13. You do the math.
Because there is a new "diet" every other day.
Keto! Paleo! Whole30! Cabbage soup! It seems that everywhere you look, there's a new way to eat that's probably the best. It is overwhelming and it is impossible to prove one or the other. Keto has, for example. Doctors and nutritionists have struck down its effectiveness as a weight loss tool and its potential negative long-term impact.
Because even the healthy choice is not always to sound.
] When it comes to sugar, sodas and so on are the most obvious sinners to come to mind. But sugar also hides in healthier choices – from sandwiches to smoothie bowls to coffee orders. In addition, the research that suggests sugar is more addictive than cocaine and the fact that too much sugar leads to health problems and, welp, you really can't win.
To be honest, some healthy foods are brutal.
Cottage cheese is one of the healthiest foods you don't eat – call it a texture thing. Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy, less bumpy foods to incorporate into your diet this way.
Because you fear the wrong things.
We have come a long way from the diet food craze, but there are still some foods – namely fats – that seem scary. "Good" fats such as avocado, coconut oil and salmon are not only good for you, they are important to eat to get a balanced diet.
But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
According to a nutrition expert, the right amount of avocado is eaten per day, half of a . Excuse us while we re-evaluate every avocado toast we have ever eaten.
Because it's hard to do on your own.
Choosing to eat a healthier diet involves planning, willpower, time and commitment. Walking alone can feel overwhelming and can actually be less scientifically effective. A 2013 Washington Post piece examined a study involving obese and overweight people with type 2 diabetes. Participants were randomly assigned coaching and expertise every week or only three times a year, and the results showed that those who attended each week lost more weight and reduced health risks than those who had less coaching and support.
Time to call a friend, people.
Because it's in your blood.
We cannot blame our parents for everything, including claims. However, studies show that there is some evidence to suggest that some genes affect a preference for sweet taste, while others influence the preference of salts. And these taste receptors along with other genetic factors such as metabolism and body mass index have an influence on our requirements. Say it to me: THANK YOU, MOM AND DAD.
Ultimately, it takes time and dedication to eat well, and eating well looks different from everyone. The hope is that by putting the road bumps in the future not only can be a little snail to yourself, but also be aware of them when they come up on your journey.