You've heard it before:
"There are no bad foods."
"You can eat anything in moderation."
Now, these two statements might be true for you. Everyone is different. If you only have 10 or 20 pounds to lose or are just a little out of shape, maybe you really can eat anything in moderation.
But for those of us who are 100 or more pounds overweight, "anything" is not moderation. And yes, there are bad foods. Very, very, very bad foods.
As a food addict (an actual real addiction with life-threatening consequences, not a jokey, made-up condition,) I absolutely cannot eat certain things. If I were to buy a bag of Doritos and eat them, putting that garbage in my mouth would cause 2 disasters.
One, it would undo in one fell swoop almost 2 years of work in modifying my taste buds. Over a long period of time, I have been able to rework my palate into not needing highly stimulating levels of fat, sugar and salt to feel satisfied.
Second, it would trigger a completely out of control binge. I wouldn't be able to stop. All of the bad habits, destructive behaviors and dangerous lifestyle would come flooding back. It would be the start of a slow suicide and a descent back into the hell of morbid obesity. Yes, that's right, all of that would happen eating a single bag of Doritos. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it's true.
Some people can eat the garbage food like a squirrel. A little bit here and there, most of it tucked away to eat later. I am not some people. I cannot touch the stuff.
But increasingly, more and more people, myself included, need to realize they must stay away from it forever. It's not food. It's garbage. And it's going to kill you.
So yes, there are bad foods. What do you do? Walk away. This is the hardest thing to do and one of the biggest reasons sustained weight maintenance is so hard. We temporarily change our behaviors to experience short-term weight loss, only to return to them later. This is when the weight comes back.
I don't have a good answer for how to prevent that. But I do know this: what has worked for me has been simply abstaining from eating the trash that comes to us from fast-food restaurants, vending machines and pizza delivery drivers (sorry guys.)
Candy? Garbage. Fast food? It's trash. It's not "food" anyway, it's a science experiment. Cookies? More garbage. Girl Scout Cookies? Especially worthless garbage. Junk food is slow-acting poison that is going to kill you.
I believe that if you switch to eating healthy food and continue to shop at the grocery store, your palate will adjust and you won't want the trash anymore.
And lastly, know this: food is absolutely used as a drug. The food companies and restaurant chains use fat, sugar and salt to hook you on the garbage. There is a reason you can't eat just one. It's because the substance has been manufactured to make it impossible to eat just one.
So don't do it. Walk away. Your life will be longer because you did.