In this day and age, convenience has become our friend. With busy lives and careers that take up a good chunk of our days, fast food restaurants are seen as an easy way to get dinner on the table.
Most people work at least 8 hours a day and then there’s the commute home; who wants to cook dinner after all that? It’s very tempting to just stop and pick something up; a readymade meal to just set on the table and dig in. However, it may be fast and easy, but it’s not always good for you. Here I will explain some of the facts about those easy, fast food dinners you bring home to your family.
Let’s first discuss McDonald’s: a value menu hamburger with fries has approximately 60 grams of fat; not to mention the 1,100 of calories. Add in what you drink with it you’ve consumed over half of what your daily calorie allowance is in just one meal, if your diet calls for two thousand calories a day.
Another favorite fast food restaurant is KFC. A lot of people think because it is chicken, it is healthier for you. But there are 21 grams of fat and over 300 calories in one chicken breast cooked in the original recipe. Most people won’t eat just one piece of chicken, so you can do the math; that’s a lot of calories and fat, not to mention the side orders that go along with it. Doesn’t look so healthy after all, does it?
Pick up the phone, order a pizza from Pizza Hut and have them deliver a large pepperoni pan pizza to your door, along with 14 grams of fat and 270 calories a slice. It’s easy and tastes so good, but not a healthy choice.
Like most people, you will likely eat at least two pieces of pizza which will then total 28 grams of fat and over 500 calories, and that’s just for one topping. Add extra cheese and the total fat content rises dramatically. If this is going to be your mode of easy and fast dinners, be prepared to buy new clothes a size or two larger.
If you are thinking that Subway is a healthy choice, you might want to think again. Most regular item subs (excluding those on the low cal/low fat menu) can add up to 500 calories and 18 grams of fat per six inch sandwich. Sure, Jarred lost weight on this plan, but he chose healthy choices from the specialty menu. The regular menu items are still very high in calories and fat content.
It’s best to steer clear of fast food eateries, but if you’re forced to go to one for convenience, try to scout out the menu ahead of time on the Internet to find out what menu options they have that won’t blow your diet plan for the entire day.