Junk food is invariably a packaged extra to ones diet, an unhealthy snack choice or even a replacement for a healthy meal. Often the purchase of junk food represents a superfluous expense which over time becomes an addictive necessity to satisfy the sugar cravings. The more junk one consumes the more likely the stomach will grow and the waistline expand.
Reliance on junk food reduces the art of cooking fresh produce, the healthiest option. Preparing freshly cooked meals can cost a fraction of the price of relying on fast food outlets where food size matters more than flavor. However consuming a large portion of processed food does not satiate the appetite as well as fresh produce does, so overall one is tempted to eat more and thus spend more.
Fans of junk food tend to favor soda, one of the unhealthiest drink options available. Every soda consumed replaces a healthy drink choice and represents wasted cash. Less satiating than water sodas lead to a further craving for sugary things which further dehydrate the body. Simply by cutting out soda in favor of water represents a huge monetary saving whilst at the same time eliminating the craving for yet more junk. This is particularly important for children who are replacing vital necessities such as milk with soda consumption.
Cutting down on junk food can save money in a variety of ways. Those who suffer expanding girth often fall into the dieting trap, spending ridiculous amounts on fad diets that don’t work. Cutting out junk food is one of the optimum ways to lose weight, but dieting patterns tend to restrict bad food choices only for as long as the diet lasts, inevitably teaching little about the benefits of good nutrition.
It is hard to be unaware that junk food is an unhealthy choice, packed full of sugar, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. Additionally there are preservatives, sodium, and nasty chemical additives. The long term health risks of a bad diet include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease, each of which in turn can become an expensive health issue. Health insurance costs may rise to reflect ones bad dietary habits and medicines will be required to stabilise such conditions.
Of course an additional expense incurred by increasing in size is the necessity of purchasing larger clothing. Gaining weight can lead to depression through lack of confidence, which in turn is often expressed by turning to comfort eating, leading to yet more expenditure on food.
Cutting out junk food is the ideal way to opt to for a healthier lifestyle. The benefits are incalculable in terms of good health which in turn reflects long term savings. This is in addition to the immediate savings of not succumbing to impulse junk purchases.