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Most of us know that junk food is unhealthy. We know that poor nutrition is related to heart problems, high blood pressure, and a host of other health ailments. You might even know that studies show that eating junk food has been linked to increases in depression. But if it’s so bad for us, why do we keep doing it? There is an answer. And the science behind it will surprise you.
Dear Lifehacker, I have been trying to help a few friends of mine that are severely obese but no matter what I do I can’t get them to make healthy lifestyle changes. I’ve completed fitness training, know my nutritional guidelines and have read numerous obesity text books but whenever I make suggestions I encounter the usual excuses: “no time to cook”, “too tired to exercise” and “I’ll start properly after [insert irrelevant life event] happens”. The last one is the worst because a new event is always used as the next excuse.
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve recently started the Paleo diet (which is great) and have also given up caffeine. I’ve seen a lot of information recently to suggest that caffeine can reduce the likelihood of some cancers among other things, so should I start drinking coffee again? (I’m thinking black, no milk . . . go paleo!)