No matter what it is in life, we want it now. The information age, with new technology has spoilt us to the point where we have no patience. The instant gratification bug is definitely alive and well. When we want something, we’ve got to have it right now – straightaway. This is more than evident in our society’s health issues.
The obesity rate around the world is consistently increasing. And its easy to see why.
If you look around, you see fast food everywhere. That’s because we don’t cook at home anymore. Its just not worth it. We can just dial for a pizza, or drive though our favorite fast food restaurant and get a meal in a few minutes, for a couple of dollars.
In comparison, it seems such a bother to buy organic food and actually prepare it at home.
The unfortunate thing for us, is that all fast food we eat is fat attracting. That’s true no matter what the marketing department at some of these fast food chains want you to think. This doesn’t just apply to fast food chains though, its much bigger than that.
Any time you eat out, even at a great restaurant whose chef prepares a meal for you, it will most likely not be very healthy. That is because you have very little say on the ingredients that make up your meal. They may use ingredients that are fattening that we can’t spot, for example they may use saturated fats. They may use too much salt. It doesn’t stop there either, you’ll also want a drink to wash down what you eat, usually a coffee or a soda is the beverage of choice. Both of these are no-no’s if you are trying to lose weight.
The other problem is of course portions. When you eat out, the portions you get served are not under your control. Some restaurants serve large portions, other very small. The problem in fact lies with us, because most people are conditioned to eat everything on their plate. So regardless of the portion they will finish, or try their hardest to finish that meal, even if they wouldn’t eat as much if they were serving themselves.
When you are trying to lose weight, the one thing you need to do is have more control about what passes through your mouth. When you eat out, you give that control away, and place yourself in danger of really ruining your progress.
Am I saying you should totally avoid eating out altogether?
If you are serious about losing weight, you shouldn’t eat out, unless it is a cheat meal. A cheat meal is a purposely built in part of a diet that allows you let your hair down and chow down whatever food you want. A cheat meal is part of many famous weight loss programs including “Body For Life”, because of the psychological benefits you get from it. It allows you to get the urge to crave out of your system. It allows you to release the tension, and gives you added motivation to stick to a stricter diet because you know you’re going to get a cheap meal sooner or later.
You probably think its next to impossible to find the time to actually cook a meal yourself, instead of simply eating out – and to be honest, you’ve got a point. It’s a lot easier to grab some takeaway and get it over and done with. Its very bad for your body though. You’ll find it very hard to maintain control of what you eat, and how much you eat, which means you’ll find it much harder to lose weight and stay in control of your body. And that is a risk that’s not worth taking.