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Why it’s so hard to give up certain foods


It’s no secret that we love food. We eat it, we drink it and we even sleep with it. Food is a big part of our lives, but there are some foods that can have a negative impact on your health if you don’t give them up for good. Here are five reasons why giving up certain foods might not be easy:

Eating habits form in childhood.

Eating habits are formed in childhood. You’re probably familiar with the concept of “the family dinner table,” where you see one or two parents and their children at the table together on a regular basis. The foods that get served at these dinners is dictated by those who have authority over what goes on the table: your parents.

Your food choices are influenced early on by what you see, hear and taste around you when growing up; this includes being exposed to TV commercials for unhealthy foods like soda or fast food restaurants every day of your life as well as being surrounded by friends who eat differently than you do.

We’ve made foods more rewarding.

When you’re hungry, your body is looking for energy. Once it finds it in a food, your brain releases dopamine (a chemical that makes you feel good). This makes you want to eat more of that food—and then when you do eat more of it, there’s even more dopamine released! The cycle continues until you feel like crap and don’t want anything else except pizza all weekend long.

This happens because we reward ourselves with foods high in fat and sugar. They give us immediate pleasure—but they also pack on extra calories so fast that they can be addictive!

The structure of our environment encourages unhealthy eating habits.

The structure of our environment encourages unhealthy eating habits.

  • Fast food is cheap and easy to get, which makes it highly accessible. Restaurants are everywhere, so you can always find a place to eat at any time of day or night.
  • Advertising for unhealthy foods is everywhere—on billboards and in magazines, on TV screens at work and in movies—and it’s difficult not to be influenced by such messages when they’re constantly around us every day.
  • We live in an age where people are constantly surrounded by images of attractive models who look like they just stepped out of a magazine cover—and these images are often linked with fast food restaurants or other places where we could purchase the same products without even having to leave home!

Food manufacturers know how to make us want to eat their products.

For example, food manufacturers can use techniques like aromas and flavors to make us crave their products.

Aromas are chemicals that give off the smell of food or drink when they enter our noses. They work by activating receptors in our nose and brain without any conscious thought on our part—we just want more! The reason why this works so well is because humans have evolved to desire foods with certain smells associated with them: sweet, salty and sour all come from molecules called sweeteners (sugar), salts (sodium chloride) and acids (hydrochloric acid).

The same goes for flavors: they make us want more even if you don’t taste them yourself because your taste buds are sensitive enough that even subtle differences in flavor can trigger cravings for more.

These foods are addictive, often in ways that are hard to spot.

There are a lot of foods that are addictive, and they often have high levels of sugar and fat. This can make it hard to give up. You may find yourself eating the same thing over and over again in order to avoid feeling hungry or deprived—even though you know you should be eating something healthy.

The good news is that there are ways to break your unhealthy habits without giving them up completely. While quitting everything at once might sound tempting (and it’s OK if you want a little self-improvement), there are steps you can take right now:

  • Keep track of how much sugar or fat is in each bite
  • Try cutting down one serving at a time until the craving passes

Some of these foods affect our brains and our bodies in strange ways.

Some of these foods affect our brains and bodies in strange ways. For example, studies have shown that high-fat and sugar foods can cause changes in the brain’s reward system, which makes us crave them even more. They also seem to trigger addictive behavior like compulsive eating or bingeing.

A study published in 2012 found that rats who were given sweet taste receptors had lower levels of inflammation than those who didn’t have them—and this reduction was correlated with improved insulin sensitivity (which is good for your health). Another study found that people who ate more processed foods had higher levels of inflammatory markers compared with those who ate fewer processed foods; however, it’s not clear how much correlation there is between these two factors (or if they’re really related at all).

Our brains and habits make it challenging to give up certain foods, but there are ways to make it easier.

  • Try to eat a healthier diet.
  • Avoid food triggers.
  • Try not to eat alone or when you are stressed or tired.
  • Try not to eat in front of the TV, or while you are distracted by other things going on around you (e.g., having your phone nearby).


So, we’ve covered a lot in this article but we can sum it up by saying that it is hard to give up certain foods. But there are things you can do to make the process easier, and ultimately more successful. You can start by making a list of the foods you want to quit eating and then developing a plan for how you will get rid of them. This could be something as simple as keeping an eye on food labels when shopping so that when temptation strikes during your mealtime (or any other time), you have an answer ready!

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