Fast Food | Just Say No

McDonald's Big Mac and Fries

OK, This is huge people. You can’t lose weight eating fast food! Honestly, it is a recipe for failure. Accept the fact, get over it and move on.

Fast food makes you hungry again in an hour or two. It has little or no nutritional value and it’s loaded with fat and unhealthy calories! I can’t tell you how many times I heard people complaining in Weight Watchers meetings, about how they didn’t know if they were going to make it because they were always hungry. When they were asked to explain what they were eating, they would almost always include some type of fast food.

Fast food eats up all your points and leaves you hungry. Fast food is one of my biggest crutches. I crave it and I’ve paid the price. I have put back on a few pounds and it’s fast food’s fault (of course I take no responsibility for it at all.) It has just pounded the point home to me once again, that keeping weight off is a lifestyle change. You just have to accept it or plan on staying fat and unhappy forever.

Fast Food--Just Say No!

McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Arby’s, Culver’s, they are everywhere and it is toooo easy to turn that wheel and head into the drive-thru to satisfy that craving. Don’t do it! Keep on going, put it out of your mind. Remind yourself that those empty calories, huge amounts of sodium and fat, and tasteless carbs will only bring you tears when you jump on the scale in the morning. You have to be ready to fight.

There are very few items on these restaurant menu’s that are even remotely acceptable and only in an emergency! I suggest these items only because they are relatively low in points. Wendy’s Chili, Fresco Taco’s from Taco Bell, a McDonald’s hamburger (no cheese allowed), most salads with a low fat dressing and not a lot of fancy toppings, an Arby’s regular roast beef sandwich…even so, the sandwiches come with empty calorie buns, the sodium is through the roof and you will be hungry again in an hour or so. Just remember this–sodium make you retain water my friends!

The crazy thing about avoiding fast food is what happens when you stop eating it.  You start to feel better about yourself, your conquering the monster, winning the battle. Then, one day you go back and satisfy an unwavering craving you can’t get over. Lets take a Big Mac for example. I would dream about those two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle, onion on a sesame seed bun. It would haunt me at night. I would become obsessed with having to have one. I would fight it and fight it until one day I would lose my resolve and turn the wheel. I did this a few times over the course of a couple years and was amazed each time I faltered, at how lousy that Big Mac tasted. I haven’t had one in over 2 years.

I know all to well that this fast food thing is an addiction. Sometimes I fall of the wagon, but I look at fast food as treat instead of an everyday staple. My generation grew up with that first McDonalds around the corner. I think that Mickey D’s and I were actually born within a year or two of each other, but if your parents were like mine, it was a very rare occasion to stop in to the golden arches. Now it has become an American obsession.

It is not the fault of the savvy entrepreneurs who said “If we build it, they will come,” that is the beauty of free enterprise. It is our own fault for coming. Just remember, eating fast food on a regular basis is a recipe for failure. You can try to justify it any way you like; “I didn’t have time to pack a lunch,” “I don’t have any food at home,” “It’s to late to make dinner,” These are all just excuses. Buck up and be honest with yourself. You can do it. I have faith in you. Now it’s time for you to have faith in yourself!

It’s just my opinion…

P.S. For those of you who are wondering who ate the Big Mac, it was enjoyed by the garbage disposal–to my husbands dismay…

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