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12 Days of Fitness 2016: Day 7 – The Most Addictive (And Least Addictive) Foods

December 17, 2016 0 Comments

(This is Part 7 of a 12 part series to provide you with some useful health and fitness info over the holiday season)

The holiday season more than any other time of year is full of tempting treats. From holiday parties to family gatherings, the amount and variety seems almost endless. For some, it’s a side step to their healthier eating; for many, it is a time of temptation and indulgence, almost to the point of shall we say, addicting. Addiction is defined as “a compulsive need or use for a substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” When addiction is discussed, most think of illegal or harmful substances. But food addiction is a real psychological condition in which someone is addicted to food in the same way a drug addict may be addicted to drugs. Food addiction is classified as uncontrollable eating of certain groups/types of food. While really enjoying a particular food doesn’t classify as being addicted, studies have shown that there are foods that do indeed cause addiction. Here’s a list of some and what should not come as a surprise, not a single one of them is a “natural” food.

Most Addictive Foods

  • Bacon
  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Cake
  • Cheese
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Chips
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • French fries
  • Fried chicken
  • Gummy candy
  • Ice cream
  • Muffins
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Soda

On the contrary, here’s a list of the least addictive foods and what should be glaringly obvious is that every single one of them is a whole, unprocessed food.

Least Addictive Foods

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Chicken breast
  • Corn (no butter or salt)
  • Crackers (plain)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Salmon
  • Steak
  • Strawberries
  • Water

See you tomorrow for Day 8 of the 12 Days of Fitness

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better


Just in case, here’s what you might have missed:

Day 1 – Why Not Eating Enough Won’t Help You Lose Weight
Day 2 – 5 Ways You’re Self-Sabotaging Your Workouts
Day 3 – 10 Fitness Fibs You Tell Yourself
Day 4 – Never Diet Again!
Day 5 – Benefits of Exercising in Winter – Outdoors!
Day 6 – Understanding Your Metabolism



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About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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