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Why You Should Avoid Eating Out When Losing Weight

Dec 17, 2007
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.

Everywhere we go, on seemingly every street corner, there's a fast food restaurant. There's simply no more incentive to cook at home anymore. We can so easily pick the phone and have a pizza delivered to us, or we can pop through a 'drive thru' at one of the fast food chains in under 5 minutes. And the best thing about it, it doesn't cost a lot. You can get a full meal for under ten dollars.

In comparison, going shopping, picking up the best organic food and actually taking the time to prepare it at home just seems like such a drag.

We all know that fast food is not good for us. In reality though, our busy lifestyle has meant that a fast food mentality has taken hold in our society. The unfortunate thing for us, is that all fast food is fat attracting. That's true no matter what the marketing department at some of these fast food chains want you to think. In fact you can take this even further.

You can pretty much assume 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. The reason is because you have no control over it. 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. When you are out eating, you'll probably have a coffee or a soda to wash down your meal. Both of these are no-no's if you are trying to lose weight.

The other problem when you eat out is the amount you get served. You also no control over this. Why is this so bad?

Now, a lot of people have been brought up to finish everything on their plate. While it may have seemed a good idea to your parents when you were growing up, you don't necessarily have to do that now. We don't actually realize this in the moments of eating though, and want to finish everything we are served (especially if we are paying someone to prepare it for us).

So in some cases we get served appropriate portions, and leave satisfied. Other times we get served much bigger portions than what we would normally eat, but we end up gulping it down anyway because of habit.

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.

So does that mean that you should never eat out?

If you are serious about losing weight, you shouldn't eat out, unless it is a cheat meal. A cheat meal is a meal that is part of the actual diet, that allows you to eat whatever you want for that meal. 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.

Now you may think that you will find it very hard to prepare your food everyday, and not rely on eating out, and you are right. 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.
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