According to Dr. Sunali Sharma, Dietitian & Nutritionist, Amandeep Hospital, abruptly quitting junk food might initially have some negative impacts like irritability and headaches and you might even feel a dip in your energy levels as all the energy is pushed towards removing the toxins from your body. In spite of all these negative impacts, there would be a big positive change and that would be a considerable dip in your body weight. This dip in body weight reverses the risk of any coronary disease, reduced cholesterol, and restoration of blood sugar levels bringing the risk of type 2 diabetes down.
A lot has been said about the adverse effects of junk food
When you tend to quit junk foods gradually, here's what happens to your body, as suggested by Dietitian and Nutritionist, Nmami Agarwal-
1. Weight loss
Eliminating junk food can significantly reduce the total number of calories we consume in a day, which leads to weight loss. Quitting junk food like potato chips and cheesy foods is a simple way of reducing calorie intake.
2. Good nutrition intake
By eliminating junk food, there is more room for nutrient-dense food. Replacing junk with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein will supply essential nutrients such as fiber, protein, calcium, vitamin, etc.
By eliminating junk food, there is more room for nutrient-dense food
3. Reduced health risks
Diet high in saturated and Trans fats from food like French fries, cheese burger, or processed food can increase the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. Too much sodium increases the risk of kidney disease and high blood pressure. Cutting on such food items from the diet, reduces the risk of chronic health conditions.
4. Clear and glowing skin
What we eat shows on our skin. Rightly said! The key to good skin, hair lies in the food choices we make. From the day you cut back on eating junk, you ill find you skin look and feel much better.
5. Better mood
Mood can be affected as a result of eating less processed food, considering the body doesn't get the required nutrition only leading to an imbalance. Providing body with adequate nutrition for proper functioning make us feel happier as a result.
Mood can be affected as a result of eating less processed food
6. Better sleep
Sugary food, high in trans-fats not only leads to weight gain but also a disrupted sleep. The added sugar in many product increases the blood sugar making it difficult to have a sound sleep. Reducing junk food will lead to a more restful sleep and fresher you the next day!
7. Improved muscle tone
Eating a clean diet that is rich in whole food, lean protein and no processed can help in building strong muscles.
Dietitian and Nutritionist Nmami shares, "Effective way to make change to your eating habits is by choosing healthier options like baked, grilled and roasted foods instead of fried options. Also eating healthy options like fruits and vegetables in regular intervals will control your craving for unnecessary munching."
So, if you are planning to cut down on your junk food intake, make sure you don't quit abruptly, rather give your body some time to adjust to the new change and see it reacting positively to a healthy lifestyle.
A lot has been said about the adverse effects of junk food; with consumption on the rise and junk food becoming a convenient food choice across the globe, there are many reasons why cutting back on those calorie-laden foods is a good idea. Sure, it's a quick, and sometimes cheap, way to quell your hunger pangs, but the joy of regularly indulging in junk foods comes at the cost of your health. The good news is, most people are aware of this and are taking baby steps towards staying away from junk for good. If you are looking to lose weight, you will have to limit or stop binging on junk food as it only adds up to the calories, saturated fat and sodium with zero nutritional value. It is understood that giving up on junk food wouldn't be easy, considering it is a tempting food choice. So, you should follow a gradual process of quitting junk food rather than doing it abruptly.