Are You Guilty Of Indulging In These Junk Foods?

Are You Guilty Of Indulging In These Junk Foods?

by | Apr 8, 2021

While we abstain the word “diet” here at Women’s Health, as far as daily eating goes, we like to keep things balanced. But while most people can attest to holding the same virtue when it comes to the food they consume on a daily basis, just what constitutes a balanced diet remains to be seen. For some it means eating plant-based, with plates heaped full of vegetables, while for others it’s indulging in a square of chocolate each evening. It might be hard to agree on what constitutes balance, given that it’s rather subjective depending on what you’re used to, but when it comes to junk food most of us can stand united with collective images of processed foods, candy, and the kind of sugar sweets you’d have once clambered for in your Easter Show bag. 

According to a new study from the CSIRO though, Australians are actually eating junk food on the daily, it’s just not what you might expect. As it turns out, low nutrient, high kilojoule food continues to be the top choice for Aussies and taking the cake are things like alcohol, sugary soft drinks, cakes and biscuits, with savoury pastries being the most popular. Ah, the humble Aussie pastry – who knew it would come to betray us. 

The study found that 80 per cent of Aussies overindulge in junk foods daily. Thanks to the CSIRO’s new Junk Food Analyser, now we can see just what we’ve been putting into our body daily. The tool was designed to help individuals understand their diets and improve them, as the analyser provides a greater understanding of discretionary food intake. What that means is it basically shows you just what you’re consuming, with interactive tools to help with reducing kilojoules and strategies to combat binges, particularly on junk food. 

Another thing the Junk Food Analyser does is that it gives you a better understanding of serving size, particularly when it comes to junk food. When it comes to our weaknesses, the findings reveal that alcohol is our kryptonite, making up 20 per cent of our junk food intake. 

According to Dr Chelsea Mauch, post-doctoral researcher at the CSIRO, this can be due to our social habits. In an interview with Body and Soul, Dr Mauch explained: “Much like other discretionary foods and drinks, alcohol is consumed for many different reasons and may be tied to social occasions, events and social norms.”

She added, “Understanding what constitutes a ‘serve’ of alcohol as it relates to discretionary choices can also be challenging, and generally beverages (alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages) are easy to over consume. This may make it difficult for Australians to keep their intake in check.”

But before you go into a panic over the chocolate consumed over Easter, relax. We can still eat discretionary foods, again the key word is just balance. As Dr Mauch suggests, “Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to have these foods and drinks that you enjoy in small amounts or occasionally. Choose a strategy that will work for you and your lifestyle, but also be flexible.”

She adds: “If you are having a lot of these foods, it might take time to slowly reduce them. Things won’t always go to plan and you may not always stick to these changes. However, even a number of small changes made over time can have a positive impact on your health.”

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?