Fried Food: An excellent method for gaining weight
The blog post is going to be pretty simple today…I’m going to explain why fried food is not an appropriate choice for people wanting to maintain their body weight.
First, let’s start with some basic truths:
- Food is meant to be fuel, nutrients, water for your body to sustain itself
- Different people need different amounts of food in order to maintain their weight/health.
- Factors like your physical activity and your height/frame make a big difference in how much food is appropriate.
- If you take in more energy than you need, you’ll store it away for later. The storage form is called fat.
- If you store the fat/excess energy, AND THEN never bother to tap into it – fat will start accumulating on your body.
- This accumulation will take it’s toll on you.
- If you want to avoid this accumulation, you’ll have to avoid eating excessive calories in your meals. Saavy?
Great. Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s set some standards.
If you are a grown adult female of limited physical activity and normal height you’ll need about 500 calories per meal, three meals a day to maintain a healthy weight or promote a slow weight loss of about one pound per week.
If you are a grown adult male of limited physical activity and normal height you’ll need about 600 calories per meal, three meals a day to maintain a healthy weight or promote a slow weight loss of about one pound per week.
There! Now you have a starting point.
The KFC Example
Now, let’s talk about what happens when you choose foods that are fried to be a part of your everyday lifestyle. Observe the graphic below.
Each chicken breast is approximately the same size, just cooked a different way.
Here’s the thing. I know that fried food tastes good to you… but it’s not affordable (in terms of energy needs). It’s a very silly purchase when you have lots of other things you actually needed to be spending your calories on – like vegetables, lean protein, fruit, and healthy fats.
Let’s be smart about this…
When you fry something, you raise the cost. That extra crispy chicken breast is going to cost you 364% more than the baked or broiled, skinless chicken breast. Each time you make a decision, you’re collecting energy. What can you afford?
You want to work off your splurge from lunch?
Fine. One mile of walking or running is about 100 calories burned.
Is that ONE extra crispy chicken breast worth 5 miles of running/walking? Can you afford to give that much time to exercise in order to afford it?
Your choice. Your body. I’m just the informer. :)
Have a great day!