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A 20-year-old male asked:

how can i have control over junk food?

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Dr. Kerry Friesen
Preventive Medicine 30 years experience
Brain makes us ea: We are wired for hunger. Salt, sugar, fat are especially tempting since eating them releases Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is critical to the reward circuitry of the brain. Stress increases appetite by releasing neuropeptide y. By decreasing stress and naturally elevating Dopamine levels through diet and exercise you can cut cravings. Cognitive therapy can help you recognize and break the cycle.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Decision first: You first need to decide consciously whether or not you're ready to change your diet. If not, you won't change. If you are ready, you need to educate yourself about healthy food substitutes for the "junk food" you're now eating. Clear that diet "kryptonite" out of your kitchen. Cravings may also come from emotions, rather than actual hunger. http://www.amihungry.com/ offers one approach.
Dr. Kathryn Peper
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Don't buy it: Although we are constantly tempted by junk food since it is available at stores and restaurants all around us, one place we can control its' presence is in our homes. If you consider that any junk food in our cupboards or refrigerators will probably get eaten, the best thing to do is not to buy it or bring it into the house to begin with. Just don't buy it!

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How I can control my cravings of food when bored ?

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Dr. Sanjay Jain
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Not easy: If this was easy, we won't have obesity problem. It takes effort. Things that might help include; not having chips, ice-cream, candy, chocolates, etc around in house. Keep carrots, celery sticks etc to munch on. Stay busy, get out in the yard or go to gym etc. Keep a count of all your caloric intake on a daily basis - an absolute must.
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We are told to eat fresh veggies and fruits to be healthy. But it's well known that monsanto controls the food and uses chemicals. Is that healthy?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Not all foods: While monsanto may have a hand in many agricultural products, they don't control everything. If you are concerned about chemicals then buy your produce from a local organic farm. In any case eating fresh fruits and vegetables, even those "controlled" by monsanto, is healthier then eating processed foods.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

I gained12 kg in a year and now I want to reduce it I avoid taking more food still it's not getting control What shall I do ? I can't do excercise

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Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Go online: There are a number of online sites that will help you. You can put in your current weight, the amount of exercise that you are doing--or not doing. It will then help you determine the number of calories that you should be consuming to deduce your wt. This is an example of one of the sites: http://www.caloriecount.com/tools/calories-goal

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