This just in: You can eat fast food and still lose weight! It may be nonnews to most people, but to Slashfood blogger Sarah J. Gim, the idea is a revelation. As she points out, WebMD says the book The Fast Food Diet provides an “easy weight loss plan” for people who can’t give up their drive-through meals.
People like Gim, as it turns out:
I admit it. There are times when I rely on fast food. It’s usually during times of extreme stress at work, when I’m rushing to the office so I drive thru McDonald’s for an Egg McMuffin and a cup of coffee while on a conference call on my cell and sending emails on my Blackberry. Either that, or I’m driving thru the 24-hour Jack-in-the-Box at 2 AM for a quick-fix sobering burger to help with the hangover I’m sure to have the next morning.
Hmm, I dunno—for breakfast on the go, wouldn’t it be faster to, say, stock up on some energy bars and just grab one as you rush out the door? And that’s not even to mention the whole drinking-and-driving issue, which one commenter takes Gim to task for.
All that aside, if you really look at the precepts of The Fast Food Diet, it’s pretty clear why it’s billed as an easy road to weight loss. First of all, its recommended food and drink choices all total about 1,500 calories a day, far fewer than the average American eats; the plan also has you walk a mile a day. And you’re allowed to “enjoy grilled chicken sandwiches, chili, baked potatoes, fruit parfaits, and even junior burgers,” but “don’t think for a minute that french fries or sodas sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup are part of the plan.” In fact, fried foods are completely verboten.
I can think of hundreds of better ways of spending 1,500 calories a day than eating Wendy’s chili and McDo’s parfaits; but if for some reason you insist on following the FFD, the latest Google Maps mash-up could make your meal planning much easier. Fast Food Maps plots the location of 10 major chains throughout the country.