How I Quit Eating Junk Food
This is quite a funny story for me to be honest. Quitting junk food was actually the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life. No exaggerations included.
I accomplished this so fast that I didn’t even know when it had happened, and up until this day it has felt like an automatic reaction. It is only now, that I sit down and ask myself – “how did I quit eating junk food?” that the reasons and factors began to emerge.
I just stopped consuming it.
Doesn’t get any more vague than that to be honest, but it is true. The moment I embarked on my new diet for permanent weight gain – all the saturated, salty and sugary foods immediately fell off of my plate thereafter.
Usually when we try to change and replace habits, it takes a lot of repetition in order to instill it. This is the same for learning new skills, and developing new beliefs about yourself.
I believe I found it so easy because junk food was never on my agenda to change in the first place. I never had any addictions or affinity towards it originally, so removing it from my diet was relatively easy.
For some people, they struggle when it comes to changing habits permanently. They usually start off well, but because the habit they’re trying to change has already become a large part of who they are, it becomes impossibly hard to remove.
For me, it became even easier to quit junk food, once I felt two changes:
- My body’s composition
- Increase in my energy levels
These changes can be fully attributed to the education I received, on what exactly constitutes excellent nutrition.
I was quite dumbfounded to learn that pretty much everything I was taught in school regarding nutrition and exercise (very little) was useless and quite sordid (over-exaggerating here).
- What exactly is a calorie?
- What does calorie dense mean?
- What is the real purpose of the macronutrient ‘fat’, and what role in the body does it have?
- What types of exercise should I be doing? Should I do weight training, or cardio?
Ok, fair enough I studied Biology at A-Level, so I can easily answer some of these questions. I just wish nutrition was actually a subject held in high regard for education.
Getting back to the point, all my new food choices had a real purpose for being there. Some of them even ended up becoming foods I’ll never leave out in my diet, from this day forward.
With weight gain diets being as expensive as they are, I didn’t have any extra money left out to buy junk food if I even wanted to.
I understood the importance of consuming protein during every meal of the day, and why we should eat carbohydrates with a low-mid glycaemic index. Though rye bread is on exception, as it has improved my digestion a thousand times over – that’s the power of insoluble fibre for you.
The majority of this knowledge was obtained from the RFU Rugby Nutritional Guidelines for Sports Professionals. It was truly a godsend for me, and I hope it can do the same for you – in terms of understanding what makes great nutrition.
Finally, I had a goal which I stringently wanted to achieve.
I wanted to get stronger, to build a body that matters, so in order to do this I had to change my diet permanently as described above.
Most importantly however, I needed to understand that I’m on a journey towards a lifestyle change – meaning; I am making a change for life.