So, you’re tired from a stressful day at work. Or perhaps, you’re a teacher just finishing another hard day and an endless faculty meeting that wasn’t over until 4:30. You’ve got to now rush your child to soccer practice for an hour. Before you know it, it’s 6 o’clock, and you haven’t even thought about what you’ll fix for supper until now. On the way home, you see the familiar and convenient Golden Arches. Ah! “How about a burger and fries?” you ask your hot, sweaty, and hungry boy.
“Oh, mom, how did you know that’s just what I wanted!”
And, there goes the diet. “After all, it’s just one meal,” you rationalize.
But in that Big Mac are a whopping 563 calories, 33 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, and 1,007 milligrams of salt! (The ideal limit is no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.)
And the large fries? Add another 510 calories, 66 grams of carbs, and 350 milligrams of salt. That’s 1,973 calories in one meal – a whole day’s supply and then some! Most of that will be stored as fat in your body. Even walking an hour after supper only burns up 190 calories.
One morning, you say to your sweetie, “I’ll take you to dinner at Outback tonight.”
We’ll need to leave early to avoid the rush.”
She replies, “That would be great! I’ll get a sitter and thanks. I know it’s one of your favorites and mine too.”
The special for only that night comes with a Bloomin’ Onion, center cut sirloin, two sides which includes fresh steamed in butter veggies or a veggie and baked potato with butter and sour creme, with two salads, honey wheat bread with soft butter, and a big hunk of New York style cheesecake to share.
The Bloomin’ Onion checks in with 1,954 calories or 977 calories if shared equally and 59 carbs equal share. A steamed vegetable has 49 calories and 6 grams carbs. The dressed baked potato with butter has 358 calories, 49 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of fat.
One of the small loafs of honey wheat bread, no butter, contains 277 calories, 46 carbs, and 529 milligrams of salt. And the cheesecake shared? Are you ready? 704 calories, 120 carb grams, 96 fat grams, and 996 milligrams of salt.
That’s enough calories for two or maybe three days. But, your body doesn’t see it that way. It only uses what it needs in a short time. The rest is stored as fat making you gain weight.
So, does this mean you have to give up fast food like McDonalds or a favorite restaurant like Outback? No.
Tonight, Joyce and I went to Outback with my brother and nephew. I ordered the 9 ounce sirloin and shared half with Joyce. Four and a half ounces of steak is one serving. It came with two sides. I chose the steamed broccoli and garden salad. Joyce ordered a side garden salad. We left comfortably filled – not stuffed.
Before, I would have gone home and felt lethargic after an hour or so. I would have turned on the TV and fallen asleep watching a movie. Tonight, I don’t feel lethargic and am enjoying the evening at home. Big difference.
And, what about McDonalds? McDonalds offers a salad. So get that instead of fries. And if you must have a hamburger, don’t order the Big Mac. Order a regular hamburger and only eat half of it. Cut it down the middle. Put a half aside and throw it in the trash when you leave.
You see, it’s all about mindful eating and eating smaller, much smaller portions. You will leave satisfied not satiated. And, you will physically feel better. Plus, you will have achieved a victory and confidence that you can do this. Remember, success breeds success. You will be empowered to do this again the next time you go out!
You have also put God in charge of your eating and weight loss. Take this verse with you. It is powerful. “Put God in charge. Then, what you’ve planned will take place” Proverbs 16:3 MSG). Plan what you will order before you get there. Put God in charge of your restaurant and fast food eating. Plan what you will eat ahead of time, and your plans will take place!