This has got to be either a joke or a bad dream. Taco Bell is running a campaign called the Drive Thru Diet with a pretty gal named Christine who claims to have lost 54 pounds of weight by eating the lower calorie options at Taco Bell. Photos and videos of before and after leave the viewer scratching her head – did she really lose all that weight while munching on tacos?
What you need to know:
Eating at fast food establishments is detrimental to your weight. Period.
Even if they shave off a few calories, the products at Taco Bell and others are still made from the cheapest ingredients that fast food chains can procure. That means lots of oil, salt, and sugar on top of additives, preservatives, and artificial flavorings.
On its site, Taco Bell admits that the results of sweet Christine are not typical. And that the lower calorie foods are NOT LOW CALORIE food:
For a healthier lifestyle, pay attention to total calorie and fat intake and regular exercise. Fresco can help with calorie reductions of 20 to 100 per item compared to corresponding products on our regular menu. Not a low calorie food.
So you eat crappy food, save only 20-100 calories per item and you’re gonna lose weight?
That’s a taco-ful of baloney.
Seems like YUM Brands, the owner of Taco Bell and Burger King, seeing its sales plummet this year, decided to copy a page from Subway’s playbook.
What to do:
If you are serious about weight loss, invest in a few meetings with a registered dietitian and together build a practical work plan that you can live with for a lifetime.
Cutting visits to fast food chains down to zero or thereabouts, along with switching from soft drinks to tap water, you will see changes rather soon.
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