For almost my entire life (which isn’t that long!), I’ve struggled with a fast food addiction and health issues. By the age of 13, I weighed over 210 pounds with no solution in sight. At that time, I didn’t care. As long as I got good grades, right? Wrong.
Fast-food joints are everywhere, and it seems as though they are swarming all over the planet like locusts. On my way to school, I pass by at least five to six fast-food restaurants. They don’t seem like much, but they definitely get me thinking about what I should eat for lunch: Sonic’s or McDonald’s, Taco Bell vs Chipotle. Even reading from a book called Eat This, Not That!, none of the “healthy” choices shown in the book didn’t seem to help me at all. I got to 220 by 14; finally, I said it was enough. Time to lose that weight!
Tipping Point and Aftermath
Yeah, you hear about diet and exercise all the time; however, they definitely work. I will make a link for exercise; however, let’s skip to diet. For a good portion of my quest to lose weight, I continued to eat junk food, especially from fast-food places, like McDonald’s. Then, I hit a wall. I stopped losing weight like I used to. When I realized that these foods included additives (sugar, fat, and salt), substances that keep the flavors of the food. So when you’re biting into a burger, you’ve got to thank that excess amount of fat on the meat!
Still, I eventually forced myself to eat healthy: dark green leaves and lean meats. I cut down from 220 to 180 lbs in less than 3 months! Since then, I never went back to eating that crap they served through the drive-thru window. Now in boxing weighing in at the light-heavyweight division, the exclusion of fast foods has greatly increased my athleticism. How? Once you cut off those unhealthy foods, you get sick of them. Literally. It’s great because not only are you now eating healthier, but eating unhealthily will decrease your appetite for these foods. But how did I stop eating them? Here are my tips.
– Stay motivated. A set mindset is the foundation to breaking any addiction, and that is determined by YOU. For me, it was the desire to lose weight. Don’t have small urges take over what you eat. Suppress them. Believe that every bit of junk food out of your body is one more step closer to breaking your addiction.
– Clean out your fridge and replace them with healthy foods. Eventually, after eating healthy foods
for a while, your body will reject the unhealthy stuff. That means that whatever junk you eat after changing your diet will make you sick. You may hate the feeling, but it’s for the best.
– Don’t be pressured by your peers. More likely than not, you eat at fast food restaurants with your friends. It’s easy to feast on burgers and fries for less than $10, but you know that type of food is bad for you. How do you avoid it? Eat something healthy before you leave home. Or, if you’re hungry at that moment, order something light and healthy (for the restaurant’s standards, at least) such as a salad. Remember that you can just pack something, too, or eat at a healthy restaurant. For example, Subway has a lot of options, especially for health-nuts. Chipotle is a good option, too, but expect a heavy amount of calories; however, you are consuming a good amount of whole foods.
– Set limits to how much fast food you eat. It’s unavoidable. People are busy, and fast-foods are convenient. However, just set apart time to make your meals!
– Limit your exposure to fast food ads. TV commercials, online ads, etc. They are everywhere, and it’s ridiculous. You get “hungry” with the latest food crave, driving up that desire for fast food.
Fast food chains are proof of the excess amount of food we have in America. The problem is within the food themselves, mainly due to a company’s decision to maximize their profit. Additives and other chemicals make food into synthetic junk, and it’s bad for us! Sure it’s convenient and cheap, but trust me, eating this stuff is really bad for you. Unless if you want to be a fat slob with a shortened lifespan, avoid the McDonald’s and Taco Bell. How does that stuff taste good, anyways?