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The 99 Cent Fast Food Diet

The 99 Cent Fast Food Diet That Works

Yes You Can!

Yes You Can!

 

Over the last decade, I have heard so many things against the so called 99 cent meals. Fast food was terrible for you and the cause of my obesity. It must be taken off my list of choices to stop at and I would be banished to eating at home for the rest of my life.

Yet now that I am on Weight Watchers, I am told I can eat anything I want. Just with a more informed take on things.

At first I thought they were just telling me what I wanted to hear. Boy was I pleasantly surprised to be wrong. I just need to understand how it all plays into my health and daily intake.

So after venturing over to my local Wendy’s, I looked at what choices I did have for 99 cents.

There were frosty’s and some other questionable items. Yet there were also baked potatoes, chili and broiled chicken sandwiches. Really good tasting. They even listed the calories on the menu for most items and gave me great suggestions.

I had always thought that information was supposed to be hidden in the dark cellars or bank vaults for no one to ever see. Fast food was supposed to be evil and I should not ever go near it. Yet with so many different selections, I could now pick a heck of a lot of cheaper foods and still make tasty decisions that won’t come back to haunt me. Sort of like a whole bunch of other decisions in my life I made but came to regret. That is a time for another story though.

Yet how could this be. I thought I was going to have to eat at home forever like a hermit. That or find a expensive restaurant that would prepare the meals exactly the way I wanted.

Boy was I pleasantly wrong.

I was now able to eat and feel no guilt while being able to save some well needed money. In this economy that was a bargain.

So where were the pounds. How could a baked potato with cheese, a grilled chicken sandwich and a small chili keep me thin?

Fast food restaurants were supposed to make me fat. They were the ones pushing all those double hamburgers and fries down my throat. Or were they?

When I went to order, I had choices on the menu from a whole bunch of different good foods. Most with the calories listed right there for me to see and nobody was screaming at me to buy them.

So after telling myself I could go there without fear, I have visited a few more times in the last week and find it so much easier to buy what I want without any terrible guilt or temptation.

I actually enjoyed the grilled chicken. There were great other like caesar wraps and other salads as well.

It was just choosing to have one, not the three or four I used to order. I saw thin people making those choices as well and I know they are not all that different from me. They are not starving to death and look pretty happy.

Suddenly I was eating like a normal person without any fear of gaining weight. I did not feel hungry and was starting to lose weight. Taking off those pounds that were making me feel so sick all these years was the greatest feeling of success.

I began to understand that it was not fast food restaurants that were making me fat. It was not even the grocery stores that put the bakery in the front of the store or even all those yummy commercials for the newest sugary deserts or cereals on television.

All I had to do was eat what were some reasonable choices made with some guidance. For me it was the Weight Watchers 360 program that helped open my eyes. Yet there are other programs for people that might want something different. I am a fan of over eaters anonymous or personal therapists to figure out more about why I make some of the choices that I do.

I was so much happier that I no longer had to cary any disdain or avoid every fast food restaurant I see from my car.

It was all about what my choices and what to order when I was there. I was the one with the power to make my own choices. Diet communism was over!

I even found that if the calories were not present, they had them behind the counter or online. Either way, pretty easy access. Some states now even require fast food restaurants to list the calories right up there for all to see.

So the list of the blame game becomes one major step less, as the 99 cent weight loss plan began to work.

I love choices and now have so many more.

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The End of Weight Loss And Diet As We Know It

By Barry Roskin Blake

With the frightening statistics just announced that we are only just a little bit away from the majority of the country being overweight and over forty percent obese, it seems like the end is near.

Just a decade ago we really started to wake up and push films and initiatives in school and at home to change things. Michelle Obama even started that garden in her back yard in Washington. So what the heck happened? Is it some sort of conspiracy, a way to make more jobs or just plain bad luck? I mean there has to be somebody to blame doesn’t there? In every good story you have the hero and his nemesis. Yet people are dying every day. I just lost my youngest cousin who was a year younger then me at age forty or so. She had become very large, had a diabetic stroke and died a day later.

Is this the future that we all have to look forward too? This disease has taken the majority of the family I love. Most of my friends who are overweight suffer from illnesses that are all either caused or contributed to by obesity. There are resources out there and that do present hope. I just think we are letting time pass us by and not getting down to the root of why we are all having this happen to us.  The thing I am tired of is hearing everyday is that someone who has taken off two hundred pounds in six months and has the answer. I hate to say it, but you’re part of the problem. Chances are in another year or less you will have put the weight back on and more. It is not that I am jealous, it is the sad fact that 98 percent of people who go on these type of diets will fail. Those are undeniable facts.

We as a people have to look at the situation very differently.  Our responsibility has to be to our own health first. Then we can focus on the ones we love or who will look out after them. It is time for a change and I am not sure that there is one particular answer. Yet, if we do not try, just imagine what the next twenty years can bring back. Maybe a]we’re heading back to a time when the average lifespan was fifty. We are a great body of people and together, I’m sure we can find our way.  It may be time to stop depending on the experts alone and start depending on each other.  I welcome everyone’s thought and feedback at such a crucial time.

Thanks for checking in,

Barry

New Diet Pills: Our Friend or Enemy?

Well here we go again. It’s been a decade or so since the last medical fiasco with diet pills. One went off the market and one is still around. Yet people in our country are getting heavier with each passing second. I should know.  I’m one of those people.

Now comes the FDA’s probable approval of another new diet pill. This new one is a mix of two older drugs put together to give you a nice kick-start. Yet what happens after the first few months? Will all my temptations be gone? Will they stop all those yummy looking food commercials and take away all the cookies and ice cream from the end of the store isles?  The answer is, no way! So then what is going to be different this time?

If I am no longer hungry, will I never want another pizza or piece of cake for dessert?  Will I stop eating out of emotion or stalking the kitchen at night? I really don’t see any indications that this is going to help me think any differently. Just because you tie my mouth closed, staple my stomach, or make me very feel ill if I eat too much, does not mean that I will start feeling differently towards those foods. Its almost as bad as sending someone for aversion therapy. It has never been shown to be effective and it is just cruel torture. Our country has to stop looking at ways to control our hunger and instead control the much bigger problem. Obesity is crawling up the front lawns of almost half our country.

Think about all your friends and family. Is there anyone in that group who could stand to lose some weight?  Is it more then one person?  It’s time to find a cure. So I encourage anyone considering diet pills to think long term about how you will feel if it does not work out. All of the money you will have spent and the many side effects to probably experience for nothing, just makes me wonder if it’s even worth going through.

Lets not rely on a magical cure and instead stick together to help each other. That’s where hope begins and the cure starts to arise.

-Barry

With Great Amounts of Nutritional Info, Comes Great Amounts of Responsibility

Restaurant Nutritional Information displayed on the receipt

Will this help our eating habits?

We are all guilty of not eating healthy all the time, but we are probably even worse at making healthy choices when we are out to eat. When the menus are overloaded with delicious looking  foods that are just screaming our names, its hard to pick that wimpy salad when it’s sitting right next to a picture of a hot, thick, and juicy hamburger. So, is it the restaurants fault that we make poor healthy choices when we go out?

The Government has taken a closer look at this question and has come up with their own solution; make it mandatory for fast food restaurants and vending machines to display nutritional information. At first glance, this sounds great…but then you start to think about it, and you might realize that you never paid much attention to those labels anyway and that they can play psychological tricks on your mind.

So the question is, do you think giving consumers more information will lead to healthier choices?

Are we to blame for our weight gain?

This is a guest post by Chris Steurer

It is so easy to take your finger and point it at someone or something else as the cause of our weight problem here in America. We could easily blame all the fast food restaurants that sit on every corner, the internet for allowing us to not have to physically be everywhere, or the fact that every check out counter is loaded with candy bars that we can’t resist as a last minute purchase.

Keyboard with a special blame key

Blame someone else, its as easy as pressing a button.

Just because we can blame almost anything for our weight problems, doesn’t make us right. We need to realize that the most responsible party for our weight control is not the fast food restaurants, the advertising, or anything else of that sort, but rather, it is ourselves that need to be held responsible.

Sure it might not be entirely your fault that you are the way you are, but you are the one who is ultimately responsible for making any changes for yourself. Your mother and father may have raised you to have poor diet and exercising habits, but as an adult, it is your responsibility to acknowledge and change those habits if you desire.

Stop placing the blame on others, and realize that if you have the time to complain about something, you probably have the time to make a change.

Kirstie Alley’s Weight For Fame

Kirstie AlleyKirstie has been down this road before. First it was with her TV series, “Fat Actress” where she documents her battle of obesity. Then it was Jenny Craig’s massive paycheck which helped to keep the weight off by using their diet.

Finally Kirstie went through weeks and weeks of rehearsals for dancing on the hit show, “Dancing With The Stars”.

And just weeks after the very fast weight loss, Kirstie has her own diet that she is promoting to the public.

The problem lies in the fact that Kirstie has always used the wrong motivation to lose her weight. If it’s not for the money, then it’s for the fame.

If Kirstie made healthy choices that she could abide by, then it wouldn’t be such a problem. But the motivation remains financial and for fame.

Without it, she would most likely return to emotional eating and land herself back to square one.

I do wish Kirstie success, but I question if she is the right person to create a diet program. It seems too soon and without testimonials it can cause a very likely dangerous proposition.

She claims that she worked with scientists to come up with this new diet plan. To be honest, I think the scientific community has been at this a lot longer with very little success. Perhaps instead of talking with the researchers, she should try talking to others that suffer from the same disease.

You might get some real answers. You might get real results.

We’ll Figure It Out Tomorrow…

A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller,Co-Producer of
“Finding Thin”

What is it about tomorrow? We always say:

Well, tomorrow’s a brand new day.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a day away.

Just sleep on it and figure it out tomorrow.

Tomorrow has become a coping concept within our lifestyles. Instead of living in the moment, we settle for tomorrow to have the answer we are looking for. We’ll figure it all out tomorrow.

Especially when it comes to taking initiative on our health.

We always say:

Tomorrow I will start working out.

Tomorrow I will start that diet.

Tomorrow I will start living a healthy lifestyle.

We use tomorrow as a crutch for the inevitable necessities in our life. We’ll hold off just a little bit longer, even by just a minute, in order to put off life’s decisions.

In all reality, tomorrow isn’t just a day away. We will do anything to wait and see what happens, even though life is happening right now.

John Lennon famously said, “Life happens while you’re busy making other plans.” This concept is especially applicable to the decisions we make about our health as we get older, and hopefully wiser, the necessity of making a conscientious decision becomes more imperative. We choose to eat the candy instead of the apple. We choose to take the elevator instead of the stairs. We are constantly choosing the way we want to live and the route we want to take in every present moment, yet our mindset tends to drift off into the future.

Sure I’ll treat myself to a 7-course meal tonight, but tomorrow I’ll be sure to work it off at the gym.

Today needs to be the day where we make the change. We need to stop waiting. We need to stop counting on the unknown and instead stay present in what we know right here, right now.

Empowering yourself to make the small decisions everyday will create many more tomorrows.