Six Strategies to Help You Say No to Junk Food

Six Strategies to Help You Say No to Junk Food

Our environment is saturated in calories—cheap, tempting, unnecessary calories. You can’t run errands or take a trip to the mall without dealing with a constant barrage of junk foods. Human brains aren’t designed to say no to them, though they do our health no favors.

Here are six strategies you can use to resist the flood of junk food fighting for your attention.

1. Don’t let yourself get too hungry.
If you’re too hungry, “your gut signals tell the reward system in your brain, ‘You need to really be on the lookout and respond intensely to any food cues you see,’” says Ashley Gearhardt, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Her advice: Skip the crash diets and “focus on the quality of the food you eat.”

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