We all know the main reason it feels so good to cheat. It’s that thrill you get for indulging in the forbidden. The excitement from taking a ride on the wild side and doing not what society said you should do, but rather what your guilty conscious said you could. It’s that relationship you hide from your friends and family that’s so sloppy it’s sexy and satisfies all your carnal needs. Of course, we’re not talking about cheating on another human being here. If that’s what you’re into you may want to check out Ashley Madison. Instead, we’re talking about cheating on our diets.
We’ve all been there. We start a diet with the intentions of slimming down in all the right places to end up looking like one of those Kardashian things. But 3 days in, we start craving that food we swore we would never eat again. That culinary ex that abused us so many times in the past yet we keep coming back for more. We finally cave and open up a bag of chips, telling ourselves we’ll only have one. One quickly turns into two which turns into three. Next thing you know the bag is empty, you’re covered in grease and shame, and your lips are practically bleeding from all the salt. Another diet come and gone.
Why does this happen every time? Why is maintaining a diet so damn hard? Well unlike our article that talks about how science has failed to prove Sex as a Hangover Cure, science has done its due diligence in explaining the most addicting drug of them all: Food.
Believe it or not, food works like any other drug. When we consume food, the brain rewards the body with feel good chemicals like dopamine, which is known to cause pleasure. The more rewarding the food, the more dopamine is released. For example, organic vegetables will still get you some dopamine, but it’s nothing compared to the mega dose you get from eating a Big Mac. As we consume more and more high yielding dopamine foods, we begin to develop a higher tolerance, just like you did with alcohol back in college. Unfortunately, with this new tolerance, you now need to consume more junk food to meet the same high. If you’re for some reason unable to get your fix, then you begin to feel unhappy and get hit with those physical withdrawals.
Now the million dollar question: Which foods are the most addictive?
Of course we all react differently to various foods, but a recent study found that in general the top 10 most addicting foods are:
- Ice Cream
- French Fries
- Soda (not Diet)
The truth is: that’s the most accurate list I’ve ever seen anywhere. But right now you’re thinking: “I’m not addicted. I can stop anytime I want.” That’s what they’d call denial. But I’m not here to judge you. Shit, I already had half the things on that list today. I just want you to know that I support you. So let’s indulge today and let the Diet Starts Tomorrow.