The food is delicious, fun, emotional, imperative and stressful. For many people, trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise is a constant mountain of successes, failures, cheat days, resets, guilt and confusion.
Why, even when we do our best, is it so hard to just be healthy all the time?
Well, for starters, see above. The food is delicious. Temptation abounds, labels lie, and our bodies all work in a mysterious way. When a man starts eating oatmeal and stops drinking brown liquor for three days to lose weight, it works, well, it's enough here to send a person (me) in free fall.
We know fundamentally what it means to be in good health. It does not mean miracle diets or miracle solutions – it means eating nutrient-dense foods and taking care of our bodies mentally and physically, while maintaining balance and allowing us to moderate in moderation.
It looks like a real piece of cake, huh?
But it's more than that. When you examine the many elements that are fighting against us at any time, you may find that it is time to give you a break. From a Kat Bar Kit. Or an apple – whatever. So, Why is it so difficult to eat well?
Because junk food is scientifically irresistible.
We were born with a taste for sweet and salty foods and, as Julie Kendrick pointed out for HuffPost in March, brands are quick to capitalize on this fact. "The junk food took over the original equipment of the manufacturer we received and found how to give us more and more tastes exactly as we wanted," she wrote.
Because fast food classifieds pull one out on you.
Fast food advertising has an impact on your brain not only through direct advertising, but also through product and social media placements. You may not even be aware.
The University of Michigan's Food and Addiction Science and Treatment Laboratory is currently conducting a study of 180 teenagers to determine how fast food ads are impacting the center of the brain's reward. The fast food advertisements shown to them proved more effective than other advertisements, and those most affected were more likely to gain weight. "It's hard for people to defend themselves because it's not a conscious process," said Ashley Gearhardt, who leads the study, at HuffPost.
Because, duh, it's expensive.
A slice of pizza costs less than $ 5. A do-it-yourself salad can cost more than $ 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 is a new way of eating that is supposed to be the best. It is overwhelming and impossible to prove in one way or another. Keto, for example, has doctors and nutritionists split between its effectiveness as a weight loss tool and its potential long-term negative impact.
Because even the health choice is not always this in good health.
As for sugar, soft drinks and sweets are the main culprits that come to mind. But sugar is also hiding in healthier choices – from smoothie bowls sandwiches to coffee orders. Add to this the research that sugar is more addictive than cocaine and the fact that too much sugar causes health problems and therefore you really can not win.
Because honestly, some healthy foods are disgusting.
Cottage cheese is one of the healthiest foods you do not eat – call it a texture. Fortunately, there are many healthy and less bumpy foods to incorporate into your diet this way.
Because you fear bad things.
We have come a long way since the craze for diets, but some foods, especially fats, seem scary. "Good" fats such as avocado, coconut oil and salmon are not only good for your health, they are also important for eating in order to have a balanced diet.
But it's really good.
According to a nutritionist, the right amount of avocado consumed per day is half of one. Excuse us as we reevaluate every avocado bread we have ever eaten.
Because it's hard to do alone.
Choosing a healthier diet requires planning, commitment, time and commitment. Going alone may seem overwhelming and may even be scientifically less effective. A 2013 Washington Post article examined a study of obese or obese people with type 2 diabetes. Participants were randomly assigned to weekly workouts and assessments, or only three times a year. The results showed that those who participated weekly lost more weight and reduced health risks than those who had less supervision and support.
It's time to call a friend, guys.
Because it's in your blood.
We can not blame our parents for everything, including cravings, but studies show that some evidence suggests that some genes influence a preference for sweet flavors while others influence a preference for savory. And these taste receptors, as well as other genetic factors such as metabolism and body mass index, have an impact on our cravings. Say it with me: THANK YOU, MOM AND DAD.
In the end, it takes time and dedication to eat well, and eating well does not look like everyone else. The hope is that by moving the road forward, you can not only be a little more kind to yourself, but also be aware of it as it unfolds during your journey.