Here’s a “duh” statement – “Food is fuel for your body.” I think everybody gets that. But a lot of us may not consider that what we eat has a direct impact on how we feel and our overall health. Fast Food consumption and health should be at the forefront of our thinking. In this current world fast food consumption seems almost natural. Virtually all of us do it EVEN when we promise ourselves we won’t. Why? Because it is too blasted easy, convenient AND cheap (three things people like a lot!). Let’s face it, Fast Food has almost become it’s own food group. And we KNOW that it is bad for us. Most of it is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt (sodium). Click Here for GREAT post on just how terrible fast food is for you.
There are potentially THREE MAJOR NEGATIVE AFFECTS of consuming fast food on a regular basis (you get to decide what “regular” is).
Fast Food Consumption and Health | Poor Nutrition
Again, this is something everyone knows. We know (almost by nature) that fast food is just plain bad for us. But, we tend to not really care. Why? Because time and money tend to be more important to us than good health. Don’t get me wrong, we DO want good health and nutrition … but it is just too hard and expensive to eat healthy. Processed food is cheap and at the ready while healthier food takes time to prepare and tends to cost more (often significantly more). It is much easier to grab a McDonald’s McDouble than to steam vegetables.
Further, in these days of amazing medical advancements we just tend to figure that if our body starts pooping out and getting sick because of our cruddy eating habits then the boys and girls in the white jackets will prescribe just the right pill to get us through. The reality is simply this: If you and I want better nutrition, then we have to make some tough choices and follow through on them. CLICK HERE to hear my four-minute podcaston the Power of Determined Decision.
Fast Food Consumption and Health | Poor Health
I know that this will sound crazy but I actually feel the oily crud pulsing through my veins within an hour of scarfing down a fast food burger and fries. I actually feel my good health under seige and starting to slip away. Some years ago I made the choice to eat better and workout regularly. Remaining consistent in that effort has been a challenge but for the most part I have been fairly faithful. I do, however, have my moments when I simply give in to the urge OR I allow time issues to win the day and I eat on the run. When I do I literally feel tired, greasy, and lethargic within an hour. It simply isn’t a good trade-off.
Most days my eating paln is along these lines.
- Eating a 500 calorie breakfast that consists of eggs and toast OR a bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal.
- An hour or so after breakfast I drink a Whey Protein Shake (60 grams protein) and head to my home gym for my high intensity workout.
- Lunch usually involves a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a bowl of soup.
- I drink no more than 5 sodas in a month (diet soda doesn’t help ladies) and I drink fat-free milk with almost every meal. I hate water but I do drink 2 to 3 bottles a day to stay hydrated.
- Since I have eaten this way for as long as I have I rarely have a need for snacks. But if I want something it is typically a piece of fruit or a granola bar.
- For dinner I usually eat a meal that’s about 60% protein and 40% carbs.
- I never eat anything after 8 pm and neither should you if you are trying to lose weight.
Fast Food Consumption and Health | Weight Gain
At the risk of offending a lot of obese and over-weight people, you are fat because you eat too much and you make excuses for being fat. Get this, you have never accidentally eaten anything! You did not accidentally find yourself at the Burger King drive-thu! To lose weight you have to do 3 things:
- You must cut your calorie intake dramatically and avoid high fat/high sugar foods. You may need a good weight management shake to offset crazings …CLICK HERE to see what I recommend.
- You MUST exercise!!! You cannot lose significant weight without physical exertion. Yes you will get tired and winded. Yes your muscles will get sore (at first). Yes you WILL hate it. But this is the ONLY way to lose weight in a healthy fashion. If you exercise and feel tired, winded, and sore … GOOD! That means its working!
- You must DECIDE that you will love yourself enough to take the above two steps and DO NOT STOP … EVER!!!
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I hope this post helps you.
Tony Guthrie, Ph.D.