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A Moment of Junk Food Could Mean a Lifetime Trying to Lose Weight

Call it a cliché or whatever you like but that one moment on the lips could really mean a long time on the hips…and/or gut, butt etc. If society needed any further convincing that junk food is wrong on all levels, then this article should add more weight to the argument.

It basically reveals the results of a study whereby a group of people were asked to double their daily calorie intake for a month while another group was asked to just simply go about their lives as normal.

The first group ended up putting on some weight as could be expected, but they struggled to lose all of the weight gained as a result of eating junk food every day for a month.

According to the researchers conducting the study, it seems that even brief fast food binges may have long-term effects on a person’s physiology and their ability to lose and/or prevent further weight gain…although it’s still not clear why this happens.

Personally, I don’t think it’s important to know why junk food has this effect…what is important is to try and avoid it as much as possible. In today’s fast-paced society, convenience has become a luxury and this is where fast food companies brain-wash people into ‘believing’ that they need to visit their nearest drive-thru. The marketing and advertising certainly doesn’t help.

Resist the urge and fight back. Plan your day and organize your family’s weekly meals. Yes, I understand it’s hardly an easy thing to do but when you consider that the long-term health and wellbeing of you and your family are at stake, I’m sure you can find time to make a concerted effort to eat healthy and try your best to avoid the plague that is junk food.


  • “I would really like to see the actual study on this. The article itself, I find, does a poor job in relating information. Why in the world did they decide to use stones as a measure of weight? I had to look it up and found out that it was 14 lbs, but may differ in some countries. As for the experiment itself. They might just ban it because it might be considered unethical to treat people in a way that subjects them to weight gain and its adverse effects for the rest of their lives. The calorie gains… wow… A comment posted on the site said that they were surprised that some people gained 14 lbs. well it really isn’t that hard to imagine if you know the math. 3500 calories equals 1 lb. So if they are on a 2000 calorie diet they will be gaining 1.5 lb every day so 45 lbs every month. The weight gain being so low means that they were malnourished when the study began or they exercised a lot more to reduce weight gain. Either way, there seems to be too many variables. They also could have wrote another conclusion if they were given an exercise regimen to follow; Exercising for a month does not carry over into daily life, but eating junk food does. I agree that junk food is bad and addictive. The reason I believe is that our bodies were made to look for salt, sugar, and fats because they are sources of calories. These products were scarce in ancient times, but now they are mass produced. Our bodies can’t keep up with the changes in society on a biological level and still looks for these products. These products now being in large supplies we devour it readily still believing that it is a scarce resource. -David”

    David L. October 20 2010

  • “Of course I didn’t do the math right in my last post x_X. 2000 extra calories means 60,000 calories in a month 60,000 / 3,500 = 17.14 so if nothing changed for a person besides diet with a 2,000 calorie diet. In the study they would have gained 17.14 lbs. -David Also Thomas I think Warren addressed the issue on the blog already. There was statements being made against fish oil I think on Fish Oil or Omega 3 awareness day. I remember reading it the first few times I visited the site like 6-7 months ago.”

    David L. October 20 2010

  • “Thomas: Found the post I mentioned a few seconds ago. <a href= > -David”

    David L. October 20 2010

  • “You know, the other day I was reading an article about McDonald’s, there is a person who claims to have bought a McDonalds burger every year and for 18 years his burgers have not broken down(Even paper disintegrates after a year), only because of the kinds of hormones and preservatives that are being added. Though I suspect there may be more to it that we’ll know, fast food is what’s killing people in the world today more than any other disease.”

    mystic October 26 2010

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