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 😉

 

Say No to Trans Fat & Get Your Figure Back!!!

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Hello everyone, welcome back!! Today I wanted to shed light on a figure transforming ingredient that many people are totally unaware of. I avoid this ingredient like a plague and I advise you to do the same!! Let’s just say that this particular ingredient does not have your best interest at HEART. As a matter of fact this ingredient works directly against your heart, waist, and shape. This ingredient will contribute to excess body fat and heart disease, so it should be evaded at ALL COST! Now I know you’re wondering what ingredient is that Big and Bad that it could sabotage your weight loss efforts, clog your arteries thus contributing to heart disease. Introducing your number 1 fat enemy Trans Fat aka partially hydrogenated oil. Weight loss tip #3 to apply on your journey is avoid Trans fat!

In life there are good fats (monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated) and bad fats (Saturated) but the baddest of them all is trans fat. So what is trans fat exactly and why is it so bad?! Well for starters it’s a man-made fat and it’s found in many of the foods we should avoid. Any fat that made its debut in Crisco should really send a red flag to anyone. The intentions of man when they created this fat was not for the greater good of society but instead was for the greater good of their pockets!!! That’s because trans fat was used to increase the shelf life of their products all the while decreasing humans life span. This horrible fat makes all of these things possible in part by the fact that when consumed it increases your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowers your good cholesterol levels (HDL); and it’s the only fat that does that! So man really screwed up on this one to say the very least, and it’s our body’s that are paying the price for it!

On top of everything else trans fat has been proven to cause fat to be stored in your abdomen which explains so much!! Now I’m convinced that I had my fair share of trans fat because outwardly I had everything to prove it; the sagging sides (love handles), friction thighs to the point that I couldn’t wear shorts when I went running/or walking because it BURNED like heck!! My priority was taste so I could care less what was in the food as long as it tasted good everything else was irrelevant. For peace sake I didn’t even know the differences between the fats, in my head all fats were the same. Unfortunately I wasn’t the only one oblivious to the facts behind the fats so I’m glad that I have the opportunity to tell you that there is a DIFFERENCE, a huge difference!! Yes this fat is bad for your shape but more importantly it’s bad for your health.

So how can you avoid this FIGURE TRANSFORMING FAT?? Well first you have to read the nutrition label on everything before you buy it to make sure that it says 0 grams of trans fat.

But don’t stop there because it can list 0 grams of trans fat and still have trans fat in small amounts depending on how many servings you eat. So take it a step further and read the ingredients list and scan it for trans fat or its alias name partially hydrogenated oils. That scanning is necessary because if a serving of food has 0.5 grams of trans fat or less it doesn’t have to be listed in the Nutrition Facts because it’s a seemingly small amount; but you must keep in mind that the facts is based on a single serving. If you eat two or three servings in a day you just ate 1-2 grams of trans fat which is not good.

When you go out to eat ask to see the restaurants Nutritional Guide so that you can be certain that what you’re eating is free of trans fat because your health is worth more than those few seconds of taste.

Therefore I URGE you to avoid trans fat for the benefit of your health and your figure. You can do this by reading the nutrition facts, scanning the ingredients list for trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils because it’s the same thing, and when out to eat request to see their Nutritional Guide. I guarantee you will get your figure back if you say no to trans fat and live a healthy lifestyle.

Be sure to complete the poll below and if you have any questions or comments be sure to post them as well! If you would like more information on trans fat please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Trans-Fats_UCM_301120_Article.jsp .

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