7. Steer clear of fatty fast food
Fast food like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and even Subway can be so tempting when you’re starving, short of time, or just too tired to cook. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, it’s usually followed by feelings of illness, headache, fatigue and more. This is because most forms of fast food contain too little nutrients and too many empty calories. Enjoying a McChicken burger once in a blue moon might be a nice way to treat yourself, but having it too often can cause weight struggles and other health complications.
Fast food is usually packed full of added sugar, sodium, and trans fats, and when they are eaten too frequently they can have an extremely detrimental effect on health, increasing the risk of illnesses like cardiovascular disease and stroke. The high levels of unhealthy carbohydrates in fast food can also cause spikes in blood sugar levels, which can change the insulin response and put you at risk of diabetes.
Fast food has also been linked to depression. A study published by The Nutrition Society found that those who eat fast foods like hamburgers, pizza, and donuts are more than half as likely to develop depression than those who don’t eat much of it. Furthermore, fast food can cause weight gain and obesity, which also contributes to depression.
To make better choices and avoid junk food as much as you can, carry healthy snacks with you, like a piece of fruit or a muesli bar, so you don’t get too hungry. If you have no other choice but to eat out, try to choose meals with healthier cooking options like baked or grilled, and avoid high-calorie sauces and mayonnaise.