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Fast Food – One Reason You May Be Fat

Hamburger, French Fries, and a Cola. Sounds yummy. Yeah! Go ahead and up size it. Get that biggie fries and 32 oz drink. Might as well add that extra slice of cheese while we’re at it!

Does that sound like the typical American lunch that keeps the ‘Golden Arches’, the ‘King’, or the cute little freckled face ‘Red Head’ in business?

I did some quick research about the calorie and sodium content of the top three fast food restaurants and averaged the results. This is from the normal combo of a regular burger, fries, and cola.

Calories: 1400 – 1600 Fat: 600 – 800 grams. Sodium: 2000 mg.

Now, if you up size that, the calorie content could easily jump to 2000 calories…the fat to 1000 plus grams and 3000 mg. of sodium.

The sugar content could easily top 20 to 25 teaspoons.

Another problem the fast food meal presents is the chemical content of the food. Consider the food modifiers, stabilizers, artificial colors, artificial flavorings, and preservatives that are added.

Then, you have the trans fats that the food is cooked in, the hormones in the meat…need I say more?

If you were on a 2500 calorie a day diet, you just blew it buddy! Nothing else for you today. You have to wait until tomorrow before you can eat again!

But, you say, “I eat the salads.” That is a better choice. But, some of the salads have 1000 calories and 300 to 400 fat grams. That doesn’t count the added dressings and extra cheese you may add to it. Then, I bet you buy the ‘diet’ drink to go with it.

Most of us visit fast food places at times. I even have my favorite one that I stop at occasionally. We get in a rush, or we don’t have time to cook a meal. That’s just the was life is. Here are a few suggestions that might help.

Chose the salads. If you get a sandwich, chose the chicken over the burger, grilled instead of fried. Water with lemon or tea instead of the colas.

The way to eat a healthy diet is simply changing one thing at a time. Today, instead of the candy bar, eat an apple or banana. Instead of the bag of chips, eat a few almonds or cashews. Opt for the lemon water in place of the cola.

Day by day, as you see the improvements in your health, you will discover these things are easier to do. Congratulations! I am proud of you. You are on your way to a better life.