The Fast Food Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on May 11, 2015

The Fast Food Diet review

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The Fast Food Diet is a short-term weight loss plan and book created by cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D. that is designed for people who want to lose weight, but who lead busy, always-on-the-go lifestyles and who eat out far more than they eat in.

The book, which is called “The Fast Food Diet: Lose Weight and Feel Great Even If You’re Too Busy To Eat Right,” teaches dieters how to select menu items from popular fast food restaurants and to adhere to the 80/20 rule. This rule stipulates that you need to eat right 80 percent of the time, but it’s acceptable to enjoy treats 20 percent of the time.

This diet lasts for six weeks. For the duration of the weight loss plan, dieters can choose among 150 meal selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks, from over 50 of the most popular food chains in America including: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Panda Express, Subway, etc.

The plan consists of three meals and two snacks per day, all purchased from fast food restaurants or convenience stores. Very few foods are off limits, but what is to be avoided include all fried products, which means fries are not permitted. Sodas that contain high-fructose corn syrup should also be avoided. However, the plan focuses more on food and drink substitutions that reduce fat and calories and not on what is off limits

Although Sinatra considers walking to be an ideal exercise, dieters are not expected to follow any specific exercise program during the six week plan.

Pros

The Fast Food Diet provides tips for travelers and kids, helping them to make better fast food choices. It also provides advice on how to make smarter food choices at sit-down restaurants, food courts, convenience stores, and airports. Additionally, the diet book contains recipes for meals that can be cooked at home in 15 minutes or less. Everything you require to follow the 6-week plan can be found in the book, which is available for a reasonable price online.

Cons

Unless you already happen to be eating out every day, this is an expensive diet. However, more importantly, as exciting as it may sound to be able to eat a fast food diet and lose weight, the reality is that even if you manage to lose weight on this diet by cutting calories (which is far easier said than done), eating fast food every day or nearly every day is not healthy. The vast majority of the food available at these restaurants is high in fat, sodium, and sugar. Therefore, regardless if you manage to cut hundreds of calories a week from your diet, and you manage to lose a pound per week, you won’t be doing the rest of your body any favors.

It’s actually quite surprising that a doctor, and a cardiologist, no less, would recommend this kind of diet to anyone for weight loss. You are strongly urged to consult with your personal doctor if you are considering this diet.

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