Fast Food and Obesity

Fast food and obesity often seem to go hand by hand in our society. In these days 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 appealing.

While an occasional meal at a hamburger or chicken restaurant might 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:

In 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 often contain unhealthy ones like the trans fats. These types of fats are known to increase the risk of heart disease and obesity.

Another problem with fast food meals is that they make you overeat.

You 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 limited.

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.

If 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 iced tea as a beverage instead of soft drinks or milk shakes.

If 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.

Be 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 dairy and eggs too.

Avoid fried food options and order grilled meats with fresh fruits or raw vegetables as healthier nutritional choices for side dishes.

Salad of fresh vegetables: cherry tomatoes, lettuce, carrots

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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