Do you eat fast food? If you do, I have a few questions.
how often do you eat it?
how do you feel afterward?
do you enjoy the feeling you get?
Let me take a guess. You probably feel bloated and gassy, your stomach is reasonably tight and to top things off, you're tired to the point where you fall asleep.
That should give you a sign that something is wrong. See when you eat food, it should provide you with energy and keep you active, not the opposite.
You should look at food like medicine for the body. Let me ask you another question? If you know that fast food isn't right for you then why do you eat it?
Is it Because of taste? What if I told you that you would die 3-4 years earlier due to health complications from fast food, would you stop?
Many of us eat fast food but don't know what's in it. In this article "THE DANGERS OF FAST FOOD" I'm going to show you how bad fast food is, why you should stay away and some of the health issues you could face if you don't.
Fast food isn't good for us, but why? What's in it that causes poor health. Fast food like McDonalds is known to be high in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Now having that isn't the problem, the problem is having too much in one meal or over time. There are daily recommendations for how much sodium, fats, and cholesterol we should have. Eating this way can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. As you know, any of these can bring you down a path of destruction and shorten your life span.
whether Fast food is solid or liquid, it usually consists of a lot of carbohydrates which would be okay if there were more fiber.
Do you know what happens when your body breaks these down? When you eat carbs, they are released as glucose (sugar) into your bloodstream. When this occurs your blood sugar increases. The pancreas responds by pouring out insulin which transports sugar throughout the body to the cells that require it for energy.
You ever went to Burger King, Five guys or Texas burger and looked at the calorie count? The numbers are pretty high and with no nutrient benefit. The American heart association suggests eating 100-150 calories of added sugar per day, now ask yourself how many calories do you consume a day and how much sugar does it hold?
Did you know that Americans consume 30% more sugar daily than we did three decades ago? When you purchase packaged food, do you check the nutrition facts? If you don't you should start, every ingredient has a percentage except for sugar. Most companies will hide the added sugar and or not provide the sugar percentage, so you don't know what they are putting in it.
Trans fat is something to watch out for when eating, its manufactured fat and is commonly found in foods such as fried pies, pastries, pizza dough, crackers, and cookies. You should know that trans fat should never be apart of your diet. Trans fat is known to increase your LDL (bad cholesterol) and decrease your HDL (good cholesterol). The risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease is a lot higher when consuming trans fat.
Fast food has been linked to depression, and when you think about it, there should be no confusion as to why. Highly processed chemicals foods that cause your body to fight harder to digest; does that sound okay? I didn't think so, what we eat has an effect on how we feel, think, and perform. When you eat crap, you feel like crap as well as perform like it, and you expect your brain to function correctly? If you are consistently in a bad mood, I suggest you take a look at the food you eat.
Some trendy fast-food chains that have dangerous menus are McDonalds, Texas chicken and burger, checkers, Wendy's and Arby's are restaurants to watch out for because of the ingredients they hold in their food. Fast food is fatty and tasty. It keeps you coming back. There are chemicals that your body starts to crave and only can get from junk food. These food chains have fantastic advertisement speaking on the glams of their food but never the downside.
Did you know that McDonalds food is filled with enriched flour such as bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, and riboflavin? In other words, there's absolutely nothing healthy about it and whatever should be an excellent ingredient, isn't once they prepare it.
Instead of having these toxic foods try having more home-cooked meals, I know it's time-consuming, but it's worth it. Having home cooked food allows you to understand what's in it, you choose how it's prepared. Please understand that sugar, sodium, fat, and carbs aren't bad, but when you have more than you should, it becomes a problem.
The food you eat shouldn't be so easily cooked, remember this is going into your body and last time I checked your stomach wasn't a trash bin so choose wisely. The food you eat should contain more water, protein, brown carbs, fiber, and healthy fat such as unsaturated.
Once you make the switch and eliminate fast food, you'll see clearer skin, positive moods, positive thoughts, more energy, and a decrease in fat loss. These are some of the benefits you get from eating properly. If your still not convinced try it for thirty days and ask yourself how do you feel?
Lastly, the human body can do remarkable things once it gets what it needs. Many food companies are more interested in your money, not your health, so do yourself a favor and stay away from fast food.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.