America has an obesity problem, but there are more 200,000 fast food restaurants in the country. Customers have been moving towards places with healthier menus, and many of them have been added. I tried eating these "healthy" fast foods for an entire week. I had every meal at McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin 'Donuts or Chick-fil-A.
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Kevin Reilly: Fast food is cheap and convenient. Butterflies, grilled chicken, yogurts, oatmeal, power burritos. Doesn't sound too bad, right? I spent six weeks and I lost six-and-a-half pounds. But even though I lost a day, it didn't really go well.
I live in New York City, where you could want. Eating healthy here, it's a breeze. But across America, there are more than 200,000 fast food joints, and they're bringing in more than $ 200 billion a year in sales. And no matter where you go, you're not a little bit like a McDonald's or Taco Bell. But in the recent years, consumers want better, healthier choices, and the fast-paced diets for those fast-paced people.
The rules were pretty simple: Eat every major meal. McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin 'Donuts, Subway, and Chick-fil-A; nothing but them for a week. Yeah, I lost almost seven pounds, but let's take a look at the numbers.
On a normal day, I'm eating around 2,500 calories. An adult man should be having about 2,400 to 2,600 calories a day. But on this fast food plan, my calories plummeted. Most of these meals came in under 400 calories, and that was my first problems. I'd be a couple of hours later, I was starving. And I had days when I didn't eat more than 1,000 calories.
Now, some of these meals were really good. My favorite was this grilled chicken market salad from Chick-fil-A. It had blueberries, strawberries, apples; it was really healthy. However, a lot of the Salads of Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's were loaded with salt. In fact, the excess week was a problem. I thought I had hit the jackpot with Taco Bell's al Fresco menu. They take off the cheese and pico de gallo. One night I got tacos, another night I got a cantina burrito, and these were meals with more protein than usual. So, I felt like I was getting enough food. They were good, too good. It was all salt. In fact, just one burrito had almost a day. The American Heart Association says we should limit our to about 2,300 milligrams a day, but the ideal is closer to 1,500 milligrams a day. I was barely getting the calories I needed. If I wanted to keep the sodium down, I was starving. If I wanted to feel full, salt through the roof. You see, that's the issue in the fast food industry. Wendy's even acknowledges on their website.
It was weird. I didn't feel healthy at the week, even though I was eating healthy foods and losing weight. And on the last day, I had this massive headache that was just infuriating. These places, they're supposed to be tasty, cheap, and convenient. But it wasnt cheap. Every healthy option was expensive, but left me hungry. For eight grilled nuggets and this tiny kale salad at Chick-fil-A, $ 12. It was almost $ 8, yet I could get a $ 4, only for $ 4. That brings me to another problem. Walk into McDonald's and you get hit with that sweet, sweet french fry smell, and I had to get a salad.
Would I recommend this to anyone? Nope, unless you're stuck on the road with no other options. Though there was a bright spot: breakfast at Subway. They have these egg-white-and-cheese sandwiches, which I have covered in spinach and peppers. And let me tell you, it was good. But after all this, I just want a cheeseburger.