How Eating Less Fast Food Can Change Your Life

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 03:01 PM

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Dietary choices play a big role in determining the length as well as quality of life and eating a healthy diet can benefit your appearance and immune system.
 
Lowering the intake of fast foods increases the right amount of hormones in our body, which enhance our youthfulness. Consuming fewer calories also allows the cells to repair themselves faster and more efficiently.

The website www.fastfoodnutrition.org has nutrition facts for more than 600 menus served in some of the most popular fast food restaurants.
 
Portion control while eating has been known to have benefited people in more than one way. Studies done on portion control have revealed high health benefits to people consuming fewer calories and smaller portions. In fact, FDA has made specific nutritional recommendations about the number of calories and the portion of food that people should have in order to lead a better life. These recommendations are based on age, sex, and the activity level of the person.
 
Fast foods generally contain a number of unhealthy ingredients that are bound to increase the risk of heart diseases. The excess oil in the food production may lead to high cholesterol and hypertension and reduces the nutritional value of the food. High salt as well as the sugar quantity in fast food is also very harmful to the immune system. It is also essential to realize that most of the fast foods are highly processed and the metabolic system may use up more energy to digest it.
 
Eating fast food is one of the leading causes of obesity in the United States. Limiting the consumption of fast food not only ensures weight loss, but also prevents further weight gain.
 
It is important to try alternative diets that can help you choose the best recipes for yourself. Most of the times, the recipes are modified to suit the taste of the person, but when this is done, the essential health benefits of the recipe is lost. Therefore, healthy foods should be consumed more often to increase the metabolic rate of the body. Many essential vitamins and minerals are found in health foods, which are not found in fast foods.

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