In our hustle and bustle of summer we tend to grab and go or stop at the nearest Burger King, Wendy’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Is it any wonder that at least 65% of the population in the US is overweight and bordering on obese??? According to Wikipedia, “The degree to which a person is overweight is generally described by body mass index (BMI). Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 or more, thus it includes pre-obesity defined as a BMI between 25 and 30 and obesity as defined by a BMI of 30 or more.” We all know that carrying excess fat is a health risk, but have you heard about the studies that show that people who tend to accumulate their fat around their waists have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers???
So what can we do to counter-balance the damage we’re doing to our bodies with all that FAST FOOD? Here are some easy tips:
- Try to avoid sugary drinks of all kind. Keep in mind that one 12oz. can of Coke is equal to 140 calories. I know that may not sound like much, but do you know that it takes 42 minutes of walking, or 23 minutes of cycling to burn off 150 calories? A better choice would be a 12oz.bottle of V8 juice at 75 calories and 2 servings of vegetables!
- Request calorie information for the food you order if it is not posted on the wall or in the menu. Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill sandwich may sound low cal, but it totals 370 calories. Add a large order of French fries to that and it’s an extra 520 calories!!! Yikes! You would have to jog almost 2 hours to burn off all those calories!!! Better to choose Subway’s 6 inch turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato for a total of only 275 calories.
- Choose healthy side dishes. Instead of those fries that most of us tend to pick, how about some veggies? A mixed greens salad (about 1 1/2 cups) with cucumber, grape tomatoes, carrots, radishes, green pepper and red onion is only 33 calories before you add the dressing. Calorie King is a great website to check the calories on any fast food item from any chain. It also gives you what to do to burn off those calories.
- When eating out for either lunch or dinner, you might want to try ordering an appetizer and a salad instead of an entrée. Another easy way to save on calories is to request that the bread basket be removed from the table. Ask the waiter about smaller or half portions (a big hit with senior citizens; saves them a few dollars.) And if you absolutely need dessert, share it with your dining partner.
A goal of losing 5-10% of your body weight can prove to be a crucial benefit to your heart and other major organs. And aiming to live a healthier life can lead to living a happier life. We at Perfect Supplements want you to live your best life and we strive in any way we can to insure that you achieve your goals. Please check out our website PerfectSupplements.com for a complete list of dietary supplements that can benefit your daily life