You’ re in love with junk food
Don’t be too hard on yourself for this one: teams of flavourologists are making good money keeping your typical binge fodder addictive. Apart from combining salt, sugar and fat – which have drug-like effects on dopamine receptors in your brain – your current favourite treat is precision-engineered to keep you coming back via superior texture, scent and mouthfeel. Not, unfortunately, something you can say for broccoli.
“Most modern junk foods and ready meals are not only laced with table salt and unhealthy trans fats, they also contain additives cunningly designed to turn you into a food junkie, so there has never been a better time to start preparing your food from scratch,” says Green. Your strategy should be twofold: kick the junk, then replace it with superior food choices.