The Problem with Fast Food

When it comes to food and the dining experience, there is a strange emphasis in our western culture on speed. All too often, good food is mistaken for fast food—and this goes far beyond the typical burger and fries that come from a drive-thru window.

If the food can be prepared quickly, it tends to get a lot of preference. The problem here is that most foods that are easily prepared in a jiffy are not healthy. This means that the desire to eat fast will typically conflict with the desire to eat healthily.

When you want to lose weight and improve your health, simply slowing down may be a great way to start encouraging weight loss.

Fast Food after Weight Loss Surgery

After having weight loss surgery, fast food really needs to come off the menu. Following your bariatric procedure, it is important that you follow your weight loss surgeon’s guidelines as closely as possible. Your bariatric surgeon will set out rules for what you should be eating, and how much you should eat at every meal. Fast food items won’t make the cut for several reasons.

Essentially, the reason fast food isn’t good food for weight loss is:

  • Fast food is high in calories but low in nutrient contents
  • Fast food portions are too large and not healthy for after weight loss surgery
  • Fast food is typically filled with greasy and processed foods that aren’t good for your heart’s health

The need to eat fast starts at a young age. Adolescents typically have between 30 minutes and an hour to purchase and eat their food while they are in school, and once we enter the workforce the lunch break lasts about the same amount of time. This puts an unfair emphasis on foods that can be prepared and consumed quickly.

When you are trying to lose weight, do your best to slow down at meal time. Spending more time preparing your food gives you a chance to pay closer attention to the food choices you are making. When you are eating, take enough time to pay attention to how your body is reacting. And if you need a bit of support to help you get back on the right track with your meal preparation and food choices, talk to your weight loss experts.