Some people are genetically hard-wired to like high-calorie foods

A study carried out by Imperial College London discovered two genes that influence our preference for high or low-calorie foods.  The research team studied 45 adults, ranging from healthy to obese, to identify two genes: the FTO gene, linked to obesity and the DRD2 gene linked to cravings and reward. The participants were shown pictures of high and low-calorie foods while their brains were scanned by MRI to monitor activity.  The team found that those who had the FTO gene were more attracted to the high-calorie foods.

Even if you are genetically inclined to like high-calorie foods it doesn’t mean that you can’t change your habits.

Try to find healthy alternatives so that you don’t feel like you are depriving yourself. Swap chips for baked sweet potato wedges and sugary breakfast cereals for a bowl of porridge with berries and almonds.