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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.


The other day, I had the opportunity to talk to one of the most vigilant and out spoken personalities on the obesity front, MeMe Roth. MeMe, who is a regular on Fox News, and is the creator and president of NAAO (National Action Against Obesity), is the face of the campaign against obesity.

Needless to say, I was quite nervous about talking to her. I sat, staring at the email she wrote responding to my several attempts to get a hold of her. This was it. I had waited for months to reach her and put off writing that dreaded email fearing what her inevitable response would be. But what was this? Not only did she write me back, she gave me her direct phone number. My heart sunk deep into my stomach. I have years of experience producing that have prepared me for these situations, yet I felt frozen.

Barry Roskin Blake & Alex Levine in production

There was a lot to be nervous about, in calling MeMe Roth. Through everything I have heard and seen from her, everything people have told me about her, and everything she has done in her career, it has led me to believe she is the enemy. People directly on my production company have been previously quoted as saying, “She represents everything we are making this movie to fight against.” I did not know how she would treat me. Having been as heavy as 450lbs and being as heavy as I am now, I figured she would hate me. I would be the image that she has spent her entire career fighting against. I figured once she found out about my weight issues, she would somehow look at me as an inferior human being. Discouraged by all this, I still called her.

After only a couple of seconds talking to her, I could tell all my opinions about her were unsubstantiated. In our forty-minute phone conversation, I realized she is actually an extremely intelligent and strong woman. I cannot remember a more enjoyable conversation with anyone in recent memory. We talked about everything from my weight issues, her aspirations in the industry, and our mutual feelings on the issues surrounding obesity.

When our conversation had ended, I realized one thing, MeMe has been very misunderstood. All this ime I had the belief she hated fat people and she was trying to say we are bad people for being big. In fact she is doing just the opposite. She is fighting for the same thing everyone else is, just in a different way. While I felt she was targeting obese people, she is actually trying to help. She is targeting obesity as a disease, not obese people. Here I am attacking her because she targets people like me and I realized she is on my side.

Barry Roskin Blake & Alex Levine on Brooklyn Bridge

One question has always circled my head when it came to MeMe, “Why is she doing this?” She is thin and healthy looking, what has obesity ever done to her to make her the leading activist against obesity. Through talking to her I realized she ahs to work as hard as anyone else with weight and healthy choices. I realized she is only human as well as every human has to fight temptation. We all fight a lifelong battle internally about how we live and eat. Whether or not you agree with MeMe, she only has good intentions for everyone.

I was very fortunate to be able to speak with her and I look forward to meeting her in person. I have no doubt in my mind it will be one of the most interesting and active interviews we film. With this in mind, I am, and I hope you will do the same, going back through MeMe’s videos and watching them again in a new light.

–Barry Roskin Blake

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