Fast Food and
food and obesity often seem to go hand by hand in our society. In these
the fast food is certainly convenient and a tempting choice for our
fast paced lives. However, when understanding the cost for having to
pay extra fat and calories, it makes fast food seem less
While an occasional meal at a hamburger or chicken restaurant
not hurt too much, if you fall into the habit of eating there several
times a week, you
may soon notice yourself putting on extra weight which makes fast food
and obesity a combination to be concerned about.
Why does fast
food lead to obesity? There are several reasons.
Let's take a look at a few of the main ones:
order to make fast food taste good and to tempt consumers to return,
fat and sugar are often added to the meals to make them tasty. Not only
are the hamburgers, fried chicken and other dishes high in fat, they
unhealthy ones like the trans fats. These types of fats are known to
increase the risk of heart disease and obesity.
problem with fast food meals is that they make you overeat.
can easily ingest a whole day's worth of fat and calories in a single
meal consisting of a sandwich, large fries and large soft
drink. Eating frequently in a fast food restaurant can also cause you
to make poor nutritional choices. When you are hungry, you'll have to
choose something and unfortunately the good choices will be severely
Fast foods in general have many nutritional disadvantages.
With fast food and obesity your
meal is usually high in calories, high in fat, and high in sugar but
lacking in any quality nutrition; especially compared to a meal that
contains fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Eating
refined carbohydrates causes your blood sugar to surge and then drop. This can
cause you to have cravings and feel hungry a short time after eating a
fast food meal. Causing you to overeat by snacking when you
don't really need to. Healthy eating helps keep your blood sugar stable
so you can avoid cravings.
Overeating and eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and calories
is a sure way to put on some unhealthy weight.
you eat at fast food restaurants on a regular basis, you are at risk
for obesity. However, you can make smart choices and minimize your
risk. For instance, you can choose water, natural juices or unsweetened
as a beverage
instead of soft drinks or milk shakes.
you really crave a hamburger, start improving your eating habits by
eliminating some of the elements high in fat such as:
mayonnaise, sauces, bacon and cheese.
- In that case
ask for a plain hamburger with tomato, lettuce and onions.
especially cautious of the condiments on fast food sandwiches. Choose
ketchup or mustard and avoid creamy sauces and salad dressings that are
generally made from
Avoid fried food options and order grilled meats
with fresh fruits or raw
vegetables as healthier nutritional choices for side dishes.
Fast food restaurants present you
with many temptations from the mouth watering sodas to the crispy fries
or chocolate shakes. Therefore it is a good idea to limit your meals in
these places and when you do go, make wise choices.
Not only will that
help you ward off obesity, it will help you prevent the many diseases
that come along with it.
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