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 😉

 

My Journey to a Healthier Me

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Growing up, my sister and I took turns being out of shape and overweight. One year I was slim and she was the opposite, next year she was slim and I was far from it! For most of high school I was in great shape, due to all of the cardio I was getting from having to catch the bus to and from school. Eventually, the cons of having to ride public transportation in Detroit, and its surrounding cities, outweighed the pros, so I insisted on driving, and the WAIST was HISTORY.
 Yes I drove my waist away!!  Now of course I don’t attribute the disappearance of my waist solely to my new form of mobility, there were other factors that played a role in it.
As an employee at the time of a far from healthy restaurant, I frequently ate there once or twice during a shift, not to mention dessert. I would eat at fast food restaurants at all hours of the night. I never exercised, and even when I did I would reward myself with a NY Steak, loaded mashed potatoes, and dessert, so needless to say it was all in vain. And as a result I grew out of all the clothes that I once loved and splurged on, and was forced to give it to whom else but my sister, who of course was slim at the time!
Quite frankly I had the want without the drive. I wanted to look good in my clothes but not enough to do something about it. This went on for about a year until I began to try different ways to lose weight. I tried exercise stomach belts that contracted the muscles in my stomach, but all the while I was still eating unhealthy foods. I tried water pills and liquid laxatives and lost some weight but often experienced dehydration because I wasn’t replenishing the water I was losing. I looked into liposuction and quick fixes that didn’t result in lifestyle changes, so any results would’ve been short-lived.
My journey to become a healthier me began when my eyes were opened to the truth while taking a Nutrition course. If it wasn’t for this class I wouldn’t have known how unhealthy fast food restaurants are, or how to read nutritional guides and its importance, as well as the importance of counting calories, and knowing your BMI (Body Mass Index). As a result of taking this course I learned all of those things and more, so I began to apply them.
Instead of pricing liposuction on the internet I found out my recommended calorie intake in order to reach my goal weight. I began to count calories by reading the nutrition facts label. I began to drink a gallon of water a day and recording both what I ate and how much water I drank on a piece of paper. I planned out my meals so that I knew what & how much I was eating, and the time I was going to eat it.
Finally, I went walking 3-5 days out of the week and ultimately eliminated fast food from my diet. Then slowly but surely my waist began to come back around. However it took at least a year’s worth of lifestyle changes. I had to get motivated and stay motivated! During that year and even now I apply the same never-failing principles which will ultimately be the monthly tips that I will share to get you on, or keep you on your journey, to a healthier you!