I am definitely a goal kind of person. I work harder and more efficiently when I have a specific goal in mind. I am also a lot less likely to cheat if I know that doing so will knock me off track. My wonderful friend Sara and I set fitness goals for ourselves each month. Last month, our goal was to do an unassisted pull up! I have to be honest with you... when we set this goal I secretly thought, "there is no way I can do a real pull up all by myself." Guess what....we did it!! Sara, Alison, and I (after a lot of practice and sore biceps) all did a pull up or two completely by ourselves! I can't even begin to describe how excited I was.
This gave me an idea to start setting a health goal each month, and invite you all to join me. In honor of it being summer, (and the fact that I have been eating out way too much lately) I think our Health Goal for August should be; to eat fast food no more than 3 days a week. This includes lunch and dinner! I know this seems harsh, but let's look at all the negative effects fast food is having on our health.
How Fast Food Effects Our Health:
Fast food is loaded with extra calories, fats and sugar- which all cause weight gain.
It is extremely high in cholesterol, salt, and trans fat. These three things cause high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and dangerously high levels of trans fat in the body.
Most fast food is completely void of any dietary fiber. This is what makes you feel full after a meal.
Many people consume sugar-rich colas along with their fast food which only worsens a bad situation.
Eating Fast Food on a regular basis can increase your risk of developing insulin resistance.
Fast food is also lacking in most major nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein; which leaves you feeling hungry, even after you consume a 1,000 calorie hamburger.