Fast Food Diets

Nom Nom Nom!I am glad to see I am not the only one who wants to lose some weight.  Taco Bell has decided that they wanted to help slim up the world along with all of the other fast food joints out there and have started up a “Drive Thru Diet!”

Now don’t get me wrong.  “Yay” for companies that want to try and be a little healthier, but do they really think that these sort of things are going to work?  KFC with thier Grilled line of food, McDonalds putting salads on the menu, Jared and Subway sucking away his fat, and now Taco Bell?  Sweet!  I now have so many choices of where I can go to eat my unhealthy food so it seems less unhealthy!

I guess this is mostly a sort of “PEBCAK” issue.  Except it is a “PEBSWACS” now.  Problem Exists Between Steering Wheel And Car Seat.  People who are gullible enough to think that all they have to do to squeeze into their manly speedos or their teeny bikinis is eat at Taco Bell or KFC and pick the “good” stuff on the menu.

Let’s look at a few things here.  If you look at the Subway Nutritional Facts page, you’ll see that Subway is pretty average when it comes to healthy food.  Sure, there are a few things like a couple chicken sandwiches, but overall they are just as unhealthy as many other places.

Now check out the McDonalds page.  Even the salads (without salad dressing) have 10g of fat.  Seriously?  That is what McDonalds considers healthy?  I can eat a serving of Pringles (which taste better than a dressing-less salad) and get only 9g of fat.

And KFC is only fooling people.  One piece of grilled chicken has anywhere from 3.5 to 9 grams of fat.  That is just one piece.  And that does not include sides or a drink or rolls, you know, the entire meal?

I guess my point is, don’t fall for these “fast food diets” in any way.  Sure, if you are going out with your family to eat, and for some reason you end up going to one of these places, you have something that is a little more healthy than the Big Mac or a slice of greasy pizza.  But just remember the tiny print on all of these commercials;

“Must follow an exercise and diet plan.”
“Results are not typical.”
“We didn’t include how many calories and carbs are in these, just the fat so it looks sort of good.”
“Come and continue to get fat at our stores but tell yourself you’re being good.”
“$$$$$$ nom nom nom”

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6 Responses to “Fast Food Diets”

  1. I’ll let Susan respond to this in her OCD way but here’s my opinion for what it’s worth. The companies are simply trying to get people to come back to the restaurants with these “healthy” options but what they don’t explain is the portioning. Look at the main example you started with. Taco Bell. It’s 150 calories for one freakin taco. You know very well that anyone going through that drive thru is going to order a meal with at least 2-3 tacos. So, pack on the calories with the additional tacos in addition to what ever else catches your eye on the menu that night. It adds up quickly, calorie and fat wise. Before you know it your healthy option turns into a night of crying and eating bon-bons over what you’ve done. (OK maybe that’s just me) Not to mention the fact that it’s more than likely guaranteed that the “flatbread” they use is not 100% wheat.

    Oh, and not to mention that it says right on the page “not a low calorie food”

    I think that it’s great that these companies are offering healthy options but when it comes down to it; If it doesn’t bring in the money it will soon be gone. Case in point, both Papa Johns and Pizza Hut with their whole wheat crust. They both got rid of the option within less than a year because they couldn’t make money off it. It’s all an advertising ploy so I agree with you 100% Big Nut.

  2. Thanks for agreeing Little Nut… er, Ron. Part of me just wishes that the government would get involved and say that companies aren’t allowed to advertise things that aren’t true, even with the small print. But then that brings up whole other issues with being micro-managed by the government.

    Maybe I should start a real healthy fast food restaurant and pioneer the “unfattening” of America!

  3. Part of the problem is the Government has gotten involved. Companies can say 0 transfat as long as per serving the transfat is less than 0.5 grams.

    I’d flip veggie burgers at your healthy place! Susan and I were talking about how it would be cool to open a restaurant with a huge green house to grow your own wheat, veggies ect.

    • This is true, much like they can say things are 100% beef when in reality they aren’t.

      And I now have proof in writing that you said you will work for me. Muahaha!

  4. I don’t think that the solution is for government to be more involved in regulating what fast food places can sell and, therefore, what we can/will eat. It is a matter of caring more as a person about what you put in your body. I’m not even talking about the whole organic, local, in-season thing, even though that is GREAT. I’m just saying that people need to be more aware of what they are eating. They should care about what they are eating. If you experience food as it was meant to be experienced, then you will be eating healthy and nourishing yourself. And I don’t mean that you have to raise your own chickens for eggs, milk your own cow, and grow a vegetable garden either, although that would be GREAT.

    When you go to the grocery store, you shouldn’t just pick up a bag of cheese puffs and put it in your cart. You should look at the ingredients and see what’s in those cheese puffs. Do you even know what most of the ingredients are? Can you pronounce them? Is it stuff that belongs in your body? It is the same thing when you go to a restaurant. The government shouldn’t have to regulate fast food advertising so that it is never misleading. No matter what policy the government puts into play, the advertisers will find the loophole that gets them to push their food item as something that it isn’t. Consumers should be asking for the nutritional information at fast food restaurants if it is not readily available. A few years ago, KFC had their whole “low-carb, high-protein fried chicken diet” that you could lose weight on!…what? You don’t go running to KFC and eat fried chicken just because the advertisers say that it’s good for you. It’s deep fried in FAT, and it’s BREADED (read “CARBS”). If a restaurant is pushing a food item as healthy, you shouldn’t just believe them. You should be the one looking at the calories, fat, sodium, etc. and deciding for yourself if you want to put that food in your body.

    If it’s too overwhelming to analyze the facts and make a decision, then look for the menu items that your great grandma would recognize, eat, and cook. I mean this both in reference to the item itself as well as in the serving of the item. Your great grandma may have cooked and eaten burritos, but were they as big as the size of your head? Did they have that mystery pink sauce on them? Did she eat 12 in one sitting? So ask Taco Bell to leave the sauce off your burrito and cut it in half. You can enjoy the rest later at another meal.

    Eating healthy is as much about knowing your food as it is about the nutritional makeup of the food. The more questions you ask (where did the fish come from? how were the chickens raised? what do you put in the pink mystery sauce? are these real potatoes? how much nutritional value do I get for the calorie total?) and think about before you put it in your mouth, the more healthy you will be eating.

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