Junk food is unhealthy. That’s nothing new. It’s greasy, fatty and if eaten regularly, definitely won’t help anyone achieve any goals. However, as unhealthy as it may be, it is still one of those temptations that seems to be hard to say no to. But if you really want to stick to an athletic, healthy lifestyle then eating junk food should not be a regular occurrence. You have the willpower within you to say no. Because your goals are far too important for you to give into short-term temptation. To help you see this, these 6 shocking facts about many people’s favorite kinds of junk foods will leave you thinking twice about giving into regular temptation.
1. Don’t let the salad in a doner kebab fool you.
By eating just one doner kebab, you are consuming almost DOUBLE a woman’s recommended daily fat intake in ONE go and slightly more than a man’s recommended daily fat intake.
2. Strawberry Milkshake from a fast food chain contains more than 50 different chemicals.
So instead, just make one for yourself at home, with only 2 ingredients…. strawberries and milk.
3. A single donut will meet your maximum allowance for trans fats for the whole day.
And let’s face it; no one eats just one donut.
4. Next time you go to McDonalds, remember that TBHQ (E319) is a petroleum-based ingredient, similar to lighter fluid, used as a preservative in McDonalds French fries.
It has been linked to asthma; skin conditions and studies have also shown also cancer. Not so tasty now right?
5. A single can of Coca Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar in it.
If you drink a can of Coca Cola every day for a month, this is equal to almost a whole bag of sugar. This sugar is not only bad for your teeth but your body turns it into fat shortly after you’ve consumed it.
6. Coca Cola can be used as an all-purpose cleaner.
Because as well as the above, it has a high amount of citric acid in it. Can you imagine what this can do to your insides?
Remember these facts, because numbers don’t lie. Ask yourself this ”Will I experience 2 minutes of pleasure during or after eating junk food?” The answer is maybe. And “Will it be worth all the hard work and progress that I’ve put in so far?” Definitely not. It might be hard to fight temptation, but in the end it will be worth it. You will be rewarded with the body and lifestyle that you worked for.
You can find healthy alternatives to junk food in the Freeletics Nutrition Coach.
Join the discussion. Which foods do you steer clear of? Are there any healthy alternatives that you want to discover? Leave a comment below.