Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I was once a drive-through consumer myself. I would be out on a shopping trip and even though it wasn't meal time I would swing through and get a regular burger, small fries and diet soda (I guess I thought that made up for the rest). Sometimes I would drive through and get a milkshake with whipped cream on top. I would be sure to toss the "evidence" in the trash before I got home. I guess I didn't want anyone knowing I was eating these extra meals (as if it didn't show - ha!) Thankfully, that is past history for me. The reason I bring it up is that I have had many people tell me they have this problem still.
Now I love the taste of those golden french fries myself to this day and on a RARE occasion I will get a small burger (300 calories) and small fry (200 calories) as a MEAL. I think we have to be realistic and allow ourselves these "treats" from time to time AS PART OF our daily caloric intake. That's not the problem. The problem is that if you are a typical woman with a daily range of 1200 - 1500 calories and you have budgeted right to the edge of that (1500) and then you breeze through a drive-through as an extra you could well be facing a disaster.
Let me show you why!
Let's say you are a 40 year old, 175 pound woman eating 1200 - 1500 calories a day on Sparkpeople. Your maintenance calories are 2016. Therefore at the top of your range you are getting about a 500 calorie a day deficit or one pound a week weight loss (this assumes 3 cardio workouts a week).
Now watch what happens in a week when you drive through for "out of range" treats:
Monday Morning: Sausage Biscuit 480 plus small mocha coffee 280.
Tuesday afternoon: Medium Curly Fry 600.
Wednesday Night: Medium Chocolate Dip Cone 470.
Thursday Morning: Latte Grande 190
Friday afternoon: Junior whopper 370 and medium soda 210
That's 2600 calories out of range. Take 3500 - 2600 and you only have a 900 calorie deficit and that's about 2/10ths of a pound at best.
I know some of you may be reading this saying nobody does that. Trust me. Somebody does. "I" did. It was as if the calories didn't count that I was eating in the car. Had that been food I was tracking for my meals then I would have been cognizant of their caloric hit on my regimen. But because I was in denial about the fact that I was eating out of range I didn't even bother to look them up. I would justify it with things like:
"I'll skip dinner" (but I didn't)
"I'll work out more tomorrow. (Do you know how long you have to walk to work off 600 calories? THREE hours!)
"I'll do better tomorrow." (ahh, the ANNIE game. Would that be tomorrow before or after the sausage biscuit driving to work?)
Yes, I was a drive through disaster. That was then, this is now.
I'm pressing on!