Okay, you’re trying to get fit. You’ve been heading to the gym every few days, eating healthily, and generally looking after yourself. However, you have a problem; you’re craving junk food every now and again! What's more, you're finding these cravings just too strong to combat.

So, what can you do? How can you resist the urge to eat junk? Here are our top tips...

Know your naughty foods

The first step in resisting junk food is to identify which items you find yourself craving most often. It could be biscuits, crisps, ice cream, chocolate... anything that’s adversely affecting your workout.

Once you know which foods are causing you problems, you can then take the necessary steps to avoid eating them.

Figure out your triggers

We tend to crave these comforting foods in certain scenarios. It may be stress, a medical condition, or just sheer boredom. Convenience is also a regular trigger. The problem is that junk foods are sold in highly visible packages and are simple to open, and even easier to gobble down!

Find solutions

Now you know which foods you’re craving and why you’re craving them, you're in a good position to do something about it.

We’ve put together a few steps below, but it’s also worth noting that a health professional may be able to advise you on the best way to beat your cravings, especially if they’re related to a medical condition.

Here are our recommendations:

1. Eat healthily and regularly. We often snack on convenience foods because we’re hungry. Instead, try to eat regular, small amounts of healthier foods in order to ensure that your blood sugar levels are even.

2. Exercise. This can help balance blood sugar levels and ease your digestion.

3. Find substitutes. When you find yourself craving junk food, eat a healthy alternative instead. Fruits are great to snack on and have a whole range of health benefits.

4. Don’t buy them. When you’re doing your weekly shop, simply don’t buy the foods you’ve identified as your 'go-to' junk. If they aren’t there in front of you, you’ll crave them less.

5. Get out. When you feel an unhealthy craving coming on, head outside for a walk. It’ll help take your mind off the food.

Beating junk food cravings isn’t impossible, but it does take time, patience, and willpower.

Good luck!