Happy Days and Restaurant Choices

Once again, turning back to the “Happy Days” of the 1960’s-1970’s, do you remember where Richie, “The Fonz” and the others met frequently? I think it was called “Al’s Diner”. Yes, in that era, McDonalds, White Castle and some other fast food joints existed. However, when you track the rise in obesity from the 1960’s until now, this line parallels exactly the growth of fast food restaurants in the United States.

The reasons why “fast food” restaurants are so popular are many, including:
The convenience of getting a meal for you/your family very quickly
The “price per calorie” of these places is much more cost-effective than going to more expensive restaurants
The marketing behind these companies is brilliant, often linking up with movie studies that produce very popular kid’s movies and then having “Happy Meals” and other promotions that have children clamoring for their parents to take them to those fast food places
“Fast food” is not just limited to the Burger places; there are a number that position themselves as “healthy” such as Panera, Chipotle, etc. However, in those restaurants, the amount of protein you are getting is pretty minimal and the carbs/fats extensive.

One of the reasons for the growth of fast food places harkens back to the reason we spoke about yesterday: Dual working parents. There is simply little-no time for either parent to prepare a healthy, SP compatible meal at home. Going into the drive through lane is lots more time-effective.

“Fast food” could mean stopping off at a Boston Market and picking up chicken, turkey breasts or meatloafs with the “sides” of the steamed vegetables OR going to the heated section of the local supermarket and picking up a completely protein meal.

During your long-term weight control journey, do not allow yourself to go into these places, even with mind “negotiations” such as: “I will take the burger off the bun”…”I will get the apple instead of the bag of chips”…etc. The bottom line is that there is a reason why the growth of obesity among our population parallels the growth of these fast food places: They harm our efforts.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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