How To Eat Junk Food Without Feeling Guilty

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How To Eat Junk Food Without Feeling Guilty

Make smarter choices when you eat junk food.

1. Control cravings
Complete deprivation is not the solution. A denied craving can quickly spiral out of control, leading to bingeing or overeating. If you're craving fries or chips, for example, eat a small serving of fries, or buy the mini 150-calorie bag of chips and be done with it.

Also to consider: a healthier alternative like chips made from blue corn. These have 20 percent more protein than their white corn counterparts—making them a healthy snack. The tinted snack gets its blue hue from anthocyanins, disease-fighting compounds also found in blueberries and red wine. Still, they have 140 calories and 7 grams of fat per 15-chip serving, so stop at a handful and scoop up salsa rather than creamy dips.

2. Indulge sensibly
Splurging on occasion is acceptable -- just don't get carried away and eat junk food all day long!

3. Avoid stocking treats in your cabinets or fridge
Buy something only when the craving hits and enjoy a small quantity. Then share or trash the rest.

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