Monday, June 28, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" doc nixes Taco Bell: fast food no friend to weight loss

You guys probably know by now that I love the weight loss show "My 600-lb Life" and gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan (Dr. Now for short). I like the "My 600-lb Life" success stories but even the fails provide useful insight. Recently, Dr. Now was chided in an article for his "bizarre" Taco Bell rant. And nobody talks down Dr. Now on my watch, so buckle up cuz Imma rant a little. 

Why would the "My 600-lb Life" bariatric surgeon pick on Taco Bell specifically? Well, duh, because most of the gastric bypass patients have horrific fast food addictions and Taco Bell tops the list. It's how they got overweight! And duh again, because there's literally nothing on the Taco Bell menu that fits the gastric bypass diet. 

Dr. Now's meal plan isn't just a 1200 calorie diet. The bariatric surgeon lists specific foods to avoid to fix obesity: HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) refined sugar, high sodium and white foods (rice, potatoes, white flour, bread and pasta). So sorry, no Spanish rice, flour tortilla shells, burritos, tacos! There's also little room in a 1200 calorie diet for high caloric corn, or refried beans, or fatty ground beef, or cheese, or sour cream, so bye-bye nachos, corn tortillas, tostadas, enchiladas, yada-yadas. 

My obesity never reached the levels of "My 600-lb Life." But I was morbidly obese. And part of how I lost 100 pounds, without gastric bypass (small pause for cheer) was to follow a 1200 pound diet as if I was going to have bariatric surgery. So fast food is off the table because it is no friend to weight loss and best buddies with obesity. 

Oh sure, there may be some pathetic little salads squeezed in at the bottom of the McDonald's BK, KFC even Taco Bell menus. But we didn't get overweight eating salad. We go to those places for McWhoppers and Kentucky Fried Crunch Wraps. I would encourage anyone who wants to lose weight to nix fast food, period. None of the menus are weight loss friendly. Virtually nothing fits the 1200 calorie diet. I could have one enchilada or burrito. But that won't fill me up now, let alone when I was overweight! Fast food just causes needless temptation and frustration.  

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