How many of us are guilty of sneaking into our kitchens late at night to have some chips or help ourselves to some chocolate biscuits? While we often resolve to give up junk food, somehow it always makes its way to our plates. Well, it’s not entirely our fault. A recent study suggests that junk food such as pastries, French fries and pizza is highly addictive and the withdrawal symptoms mirror those of drug addicts experience. This explains the sudden urge to eat all the junk food in the world as soon as your resolve to eat healthy, right?
The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, who claimed that a reduced amount of junk food made participants feel sad, tired and increased their cravings. The scientists created a self-report tool to measure the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms among people. Then, they asked 231 adults to report how they felt when they reduced the amount of highly processed foods they ate in the past year.
It was seen that the effects were at their worst during the initial two to five days after they quit junk food. You can related to that, can’t you? It took some time for the negative effects to go completely, which is similar to how it works with drug abuse as well. The researchers added that the negative effects were so severe that people might actually give in to their cravings and return to their original bad dietary habits.
So, if you find yourself struggling to cope up your promise to say no to junk and processed food, don’t be surprised - you’re not alone. It takes some time for your body to accept these changes. Let that be your motivation to power through!