Drive Thru Eating at Fast Food Restaurants Leads to the Greatest Weight Gain of Any Out of the Home Eating
Drive- thru eating of fast foods involves the worst choices in restaurant food. They are all high in carbs and fat, usually eaten in the car.Foods include burgers,wraps, tacos, fries, nuggets, onion rings. The common factor is they need to be picked up with the driver’s fingers and eaten while driving. These types of foods are often eaten quickly and thoughtlessly. Often the driver never actually sees much of the food. High in calories, fat, and carbs, they quickly add to the calorie burden for the day. Converted into belly fat almost immediately, no weight loss plan is safe while eating these foods. There are a few good fast foods, but they usually are not at the drive thru window.
Almost everyone samples and often eats the food bought at a drive-thru as they are driving. This precludes most people from buying the lower calorie alternatives such as wraps, salads, chili or a baked potato since they are much more difficult to eat in a car. (Please don't try to eat a salad while you're behind the wheel!) This forces the customer at the drive thru window to order the higher calorie foods that can be eaten with their fingers and lend themselves more to snacking. Have you ever tried driving while using a fork or spoon.? We don't recommend it!
What can be easier and use less exercise? You don’t even have to get out of your car?
It’s easy to order two double Whoppers, two double fries, and an apple pie from the voice at the drive-thru. After all, the order could be for children in the back seat, taken home for the whole family, or more often than not eaten by the driver.
Calories in single serving from food purchased in fast food restaurants
- Double Whopper = 1020, 65 grams of fat
- Fries = 540, 25 grams of fat
- Apple pie = 340 calories
That’s a grand total of 1790 calories and 104 grams of fat in one meal! It’s also a whole day’s food allowance for many children and teens.
Best Choices at Fast Food Restaurants are Found Inside, Not at the Drive Thru
The secret, like eating at home or in sit down restaurants, is to make better choices from all of the available fast food restaurants. There are many lower calorie alternatives to the burger drive-in. Switching to the alternative foods ONLY ONCE A WEEK can save more than 700 calories a week, which translates into a 10 lb. weight loss over a year. Remember, this change is only one meal out of the whole week.
The first step in beating the odds at a fast food restaurant is to get out of the car and go inside:
- Nutrition information is usually posted on the wall.
- There are more alternative choices on the more complete menus inside.
- Most importantly, you have as long as you want to decide on the best choices for your family without the car in back of you honking the horn.
The healthier fast foods, such as the wrap pictured, are often hard to eat while driving a car. Most can be found inside the restaurant. Also, they do not even appear on the billboard at the drive thru. With many healthy appearing foods like salads, putting the wrong dressing or fried toppings can add hundreds of calories. Look for grilled toppings and low fat dressings.