Fast food, is one of the leading contributors to overweight and obesity today. I rarely ate fast food growing up. It wasn’t until a few years ago, after losing some weight, that I began eating it. Strangely enough, I actually lost weight on a fast food diet.
With my busy schedule and no desire to be in the kitchen, I began to rely on fast food. I’m talking about 2-3 times per day. Yes, sometimes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This has gone on for eight years now, but has tapered down little by little over the last year. Over the last few months, I’ve cut down to making it only lunch, while over the last few weeks, I’ve stopped going just about all together. I’ve walk into McDonald’s 3 times over the last few weeks. The first time, I changed my mind and walked out, the second time I ate, and today, I walked out again. Today, I decided, no more fast food. It took about 3 weeks without it, and my body is now telling me it refuses to eat it.
Why I decided on a fast food diet.
I definitely ended up doing everything seemingly backwards, when it came to losing weight(like starting to eat fast food and adding in the foods you’d think I should be cutting out). I was a mess when it came to my relationship with food. All of the crazy food games I would play, were a big reason I became overweight. I ended up hating food, fighting food, and food was destroying me. My relationship with food was going to kill me one day, unless I figured something out quick. One thing I did figure out, was I wasn’t eating anything I liked, when I did give myself permission to eat. Every food I felt would make me fat, I was fighting so hard against, and to ban from my life. But, instead, the fight was making me gain more weight, and I was heading towards becoming dangerously overweight. Why was I becoming bigger? I began to notice a cycle. It began with, “don’t eat this and that.” But, all I could do was think about and crave, “this and that.” I knew what the culprit was. I was cutting out all the foods I loved, and it was only making my weight, health, and sanity worse. I was onto something though. Cut out the foods you love, and gain weight? Yes, when the cycle includes binging on those foods because you want them so badly. I tried to cut out ice cream, but I’d end up eating 2 large bowls at night in my bedroom instead. I tried cutting out cookies, but I’d end up eating a whole bag of Oreos instead. I tried starving myself, but I’d end up eating everything in sight, after a few days of that torture.
I gave myself permission to eat.
It was clear to me, staying away from the foods I loved and starving myself didn’t work. I decided to try something new. I decided to let go of my food phobias. I thought, what if I allowed myself to eat what I loved and eat more often, wouldn’t that mean, I’d eat less? Wouldn’t that mean I’d stop binging, be satisfied, and lose weight? This was the start of my weight loss. This was the key, that began to unlock my weight battle. I gave myself permission to eat, when I wanted and what I wanted. I allowed myself to be satisfied. I stopped needing to hide the foods I loved. I stopped hiding in my bedroom to binge. When I gave myself food freedom and ate out in the open, the binging stopped! I took back control. I stopped giving food the control it had over me.
What I ate. What happened after a few years of eating fast food.
When I first started eating at McDonald’s in 2006, I was eating the healthier version of fast food. I’d have a grilled chicken caesar salad(without the dressing) or a grilled classic sandwich(no mayo). Than, over the last year and a half, I started eating cheeseburgers, the quicker, more fattening choice. I’d also have sausage or bacon, and cheese in a sandwich, for breakfast. I lost a lot of weight, I was happy, and I was active. Everything was going fine, but the fat and sodium has gotten to a point, my body can’t take it anymore. I’ve really started to feel sick and physically exhausted from eating it. I lost weight eating fast food by staying away from fries, meals, and sugary drinks. I made healthier choices, or I’d have one cheeseburger. But, I knew I wouldn’t eat that stuff forever. I still needed to make better choices and prepare my own home cooked healthier meals. I ate fast food and my weight improved, my food control improved, but I wasn’t only doing this to look good. I want to feel good, and I want my health to improve. I’ve made a lot of changes, but there’s another level I want to achieve. I know I can be even more fit and healthy, if I cut out fast food, and anything else I’m eating that I shouldn’t. While watching our calories, is important, what we eat is just as important. Part of my weight loss journey, included many changes along the way, and making more changes, will be another step towards improving myself as a whole.
What I’ve learned from this experience.
I didn’t go from overweight to fit, without making some sacrifices. I had to figure out a lot of things along the way, change my ways, and really commit to doing the work. This is why, if you think you can lose weight and that’s it you’re done, you’re wrong! You need to change how you think, and how you do things, or else you’ll never succeed or reach your potential. You must prepare for every step of your weight loss journey, getting there and then staying there. I was “there” many times, but that didn’t mean anything. I probably lost and gained my weight back over a hundred times. So, do you see why, even after I’ve succeeded, the journey to improvement continues? This journey never ends. If you’ve battled your weight for as many years as I have, you must change your ways of thinking about weight loss, and commit to a lifetime of changes. The only way to succeed, is if you make this a lifestyle change. The moment you let up, guess what? The weight will come back, and it will come back quickly. I don’t fear weight gain anymore. My weight won’t ever come back on. I look at my weight(gains and losses) lessons as a blessing today, because they’ve been what’s put my weight battle to rest. Finally, the losing weight and gaining weight battles are over.
I walked towards McDonald’s today, and I was indecisive. Was I going to eat there? If not, where? I walked in. I still wasn’t sure. I was trying to come up with alternatives for lunch in my head, while on the line. Thankfully, there was a line. I stood there for a few seconds, thinking, and I decided to walk out. On the way out, I decided, I won’t go back again, at least for a very longtime. I decided on a lean roast beef sandwich, on whole grain bread instead. I made an excellent choice. Lately, I’ve started to notice I was forming a cheeseburger addiction, and my new way of life doesn’t allow for those types of addictions anymore. I needed to know I could break it too. I did. “I don’t want” unhealthy addictions in my life anymore. New, healthy ways, are the only welcomed addictions I want in my life.
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