At first thought you may consider eating 2,200 calories at one meal to be a ridiculously enormous amount of food only occurring on special occasions such as at Thanksgiving or on Christmas. However you may be quite surprised when you look at the actual numbers of what is served on the plate and cup in front of you. If caution is not maintained particularly when going out to eat at restaurants or fast food places, you can easily be hitting at or near this amount almost every single time.
If you haven’t taken the time to check the nutritional content before, this is a great opportunity to see exactly what’s in your typical fast food or restaurant meal. It takes less that five minutes to gather this information but may be a shocking eye-opener and in turn inspire you to begin changing some of your eating habits.
For instance, did you know that a double western bacon cheeseburger from Carl’s Jr. is exactly 1,000 calories just by itself? Guess what happens when you add a large order of french fries and a soda to this burger. Yep, zipping right past that 2,000 calorie mark.
But this doesn’t just happen at hamburger spots because the same exact thing can happen with food south of the border.
Watch Out So You’re Not Eating 2,200 Calories At One Meal
Take the Taco Bell Volcano Nachos that come in at a total of 970 calories or their popular XXL grilled stuft burritos at 880. Again, that’s just individual items not including additional items and drinks. Many Taco Bell customers opt for an XL Mountain Dew Baja Blast which unfortunately adds an extra 550 calories to their meal.
Hopping over to check out the menu at KFC, the second most popular fast food chain in the US, you will find out how quickly chicken can be made unhealthy when it’s served in a certain manner. Take for instance a single spicy crispy chicken breast at 520 calories, or their chicken pot pie weighing heavily at 790 calories. If you tack on some 290 calorie potato wedges along with a 64 oz Pepsi at 800 calories, you will see how quickly those totals near or even surpass the 2,000 mark, not to mention exceeding daily recommended amounts of sugar, sodium, and fat.
Again, these are examples of typical fast food meals overweight and obese individuals consume not just once in a while but generally far too often. And this is one of the main reasons why if there is to be any chance for natural weight loss to occur, changing these types of dining splurges is the top priority.
But this will only happen when a person is truly willing to make a commitment to the process. Losing weight in a healthy, natural manner does not happen overnight. You will have to be willing to confront each eating and drinking moment throughout your day as a challenge. A challenge to change what your hand and mouth have been accustomed to taking in. You will likely be successful if you always remember to take note of how much food you are eating at one time.
If you eat to the point of being completely stuffed, you have eaten far too much, likely near the 2,000 calorie mark. Watch your portion size, eat slow, and try to drink a couple glasses of water with your meals. By doing these three simple things, you may find it’s not that difficult to cut the size of your meals by more than half.
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