You Can’t Afford to Eat Fast Food When You’re Trying to Lose Weight!

Me when I couldn't afford to eat fast food, but did it stop me--NO!

Me in 2008 when I couldn’t afford to eat fast food, but did it stop me–NO!

Not being able to afford fast food initially may seem like a contradictory statement because everyone knows that fast food is cheap (depending on how often you eat it and how many mouths you have to feed). But it’s not about the price that you have to pay when you eat this food–it’s about the price that your body pays when you fuel it with “cheap gas,” so to speak. Since it is cheap– so is the quality and your body deserves better! The very concept of fast food is so convenient because all you have to do is go through a drive thru or stand in line for a few minutes and TA-DA, you have your food (possibly accompanied with a smile). But with convenience comes a compromise because how could you possibly make quality food in a few minutes? You CAN’T!!! So, the convenient concept of fast food composes a crappy product, NOT SURPRISING! Hence my weight loss tip for you to apply on your journey is to avoid fast food!

Welcome to the place where taste really does makes WAIST, where convenience and profits reign over quality ingredients. So there are many reasons why fast food restaurants should be avoided, but the main reasons why I’ve avoided it for all these years is because fast food restaurants serve processed foods that are high in sodium, calories, and fat. The cooking methods at many fast food restaurants consist of fried and/or microwaved foods. The ingredients in their foods and some drinks are disturbing and are not meant to be in the human body. They include tons of preservatives meant to preserve their foods life–not YOURS! Many of the foods served at these restaurants have trans fat in it and I’ve already covered the dangers of consuming that in my previous post.

I used to be an EXTREMIST when it came to eating out because restaurants were my primary source of food—breakfast, lunch, and dinner came from restaurants majority of the time. I kept up with the latest food releases from my favorite fast food restaurants. If they were open late, I was eating late. If the food tasted like crap I would throw it away and pay a visit to another restaurant a few blocks away from that one and tried it again. You name a restaurant and I’ve been there! No wonder why I didn’t know how to cook because I didn’t have to, and if I did I would mimic the fattening foods that I ate at a restaurant the night before. So needless to say I was truly on the road to obesity, caught in the ever so fattening cycle of weight gain!

Fortunately, my eyes were opened to the truth surrounding the fact that I could no longer afford fast food, due to the fact that I NEEDED to lose weight, and my then Recommended Daily Calorie Intake of 1500 (which equals one meal at many restaurants) wouldn’t allow it. I had a calorie budget, so I couldn’t afford the high calorie meals at many restaurants. In addition, I wanted to maximize the calories that I did have and I advise you to do the same, because there is no way you’re getting all of your nutritional needs out of that one meal. So please do not be fooled by these restaurants claims and be blind to what you’re putting in your body; instead ask to see the restaurants Nutritional Guide before you order.

Once I stop eating fast food my taste buds changed dramatically because I got used to eating real food! I went to Wendy’s once after I had not eaten fast food for months and I called myself ordering their grilled chicken sandwich because I thought it was a “healthy option,” but I couldn’t eat the bread because it was white and I now preferred whole grain/wheat bread, so I attempted to eat the chicken and it was so salty and disgusting, I just threw it away. Now just a year before that, that sandwich would’ve been history but once you fast from something for a while and you try to go back to it, it won’t be the same. I have never been back to a restaurant with a drive thru since!

So I encourage you, don’t contradict your weight loss efforts or compromise your healthy eating habits by eating fast food. Don’t fuel your body with poor quality foods from fast food restaurants and any other unhealthy restaurant that chooses to use garbage ingredients, like trans fat for instance. Begin to cook for yourself and keep in mind that putting processed foods in the oven like pizza does not count as cooking (unfortunately). Finally, remember that you can’t afford to eat fast food when you’re trying to lose weight!

I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you! Until next time 😉

 

Conquering Calorie Counting

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(That’s a portion of my current recommended calorie intake to the left and to the right is me towards the beginning of my weight loss journey).

Welcome back fellow bloggers, family, friends, and complete strangers! Today I wanted to share a tip with you that opened my eyes and put me on the right track to weight loss: CALORIE COUNTING!!! Now BEWARE, this task is not for the unmotivated person who wants to think themselves smaller, but on the contrary will require discipline & stick-to-itiveness, and as a result, your eyes will be opened and your mouth will begin to close a lot more! Regardless of where you are in your journey to a healthier you, by applying this tip you will definitely reap the benefits! If you are someone who doesn’t know where to start I recommend calorie counting as your first step. So let’s begin!!

Initially I was completely oblivious to the science behind food, and how if eaten in excess could be your worst enemy. I mean I was in total denial that my late night trips to Burger King and Checkers would cause me to check my chin at the door because after a while it was completely GONE!!! The foods that I once requested to be adorned with extra toppings were sending me straight to the plus size department in a heartbeat!! No wonder why I avoided shopping and spandex & jogging pants became my new best friend, because everything else just wasn’t flattering. Going shopping during these transitional times can either encourage you to lose weight or discourage you even more.

So after coming to grips that my “love handles” were really distorting my figure and contributed to my classification as an apple shape (meaning I had more fat in the midsection than I needed, rather than a pear shape). I knew that I had to change how much I ate and what I ate. And what better way to do that besides counting calories!

Calorie counting was a foreign language to me that I was determined to learn. I discovered that calories is just energy, derived from energy-yielding nutrients like carbs, fat, and protein. So as you know energy was meant to be spent or burned, kind of like money. If you don’t burn enough energy through exercise you will begin to store energy, and ultimately if you store more than you burn, you will inevitably begin to gain weight. Likewise, if you burn more calories than you take in you will begin to lose weight. So I knew that I needed to burn more and eat less.

For starters I had to determine my goal weight or how much weight I wanted to lose. After putting that information into a calorie counter I was given my daily recommended calorie intake that would allow me to reach my goal in a certain period of time. That was the easy part; the hard part was actually following through.

I was forced to actually look at the calories in everything I ate, from my Little Debbie brownies to my glass of juice. As a result I had to decide, is this snack/beverage actually worth the calories??? Many times it wasn’t, so certain snacks and soft drinks automatically fell by the waist-side. This technique is truly an eye opener and helps put in perspective why it can be so easy to gain weight.

I had to write down everything I ate and subtract it from my daily calorie intake. Thankfully now, this process is much easier because of free apps like MyFitnessPal, which is made specifically for this purpose, and calories can be calculated by scanning the bar code with your phone’s camera. In addition, calorie counting helped me to space out my meals so that I wouldn’t spend all my calories in one place, which is so easy to do unfortunately. 😦

So I encourage you, especially if you want to lose weight to find out your recommended daily calorie intake by downloading an app or using an online tool, read the nutrition facts label on everything before you eat it, balance your “calorie checkbook,” and watch some weight fall off!! In order for this tip to be more effective I do recommend that you make healthy food choices with your allotted calories and that you engage in physical activities.

I hope that this tip will help you on your journey to a healthier you! Until next time 😉