Or I could call this blog “Justifying My Red Robin Experience ( wp.me/s1N36Q-yummm
)” – beyond pointing to the fact I did Bodyworks AND Yoga class on Sunday and ran 7.5 miles on Saturday.
When I began my weight loss journey years ago, I paid attention to one thing – calories in must not exceed calories out. I didn’t look at carbs vs. fat vs. protein, didn’t think there was such a thing as not eating enough, and even thought going vegetarian would help me break through a weight loss plateau.
Where the heck was I getting my nutrition education from? I don’t think I’m alone here though – we’re all told that a calorie is a calorie no matter when/how you eat it.
I went back to meat and have been paying attention to minimum calorie intake for a few years now. But I didn’t realize that macronutrients matter until very recently. As this article from Mark’s Daily Apple puts it ( www.marksdailyapple.com/
), “the human body uses macronutrients for a variety of different functions, some of which are structural and some of which are simply to provide energy.” At the risk of oversimplifying what I read in this article, here’s the deal on the functions each of these macronutrients perform:
- Proteins repair the body
- Fats provide energy
- Carbs provide energy
The difference between fats and carbs? Carbs trigger insulin which we know results in fat storage ( wp.me/p1N36Q-cy
). Fats not so much.
Still… even though the burger was only 8 grams of carbs, the 71 grams of fat is a bit more than I’m comfortable with. And I ate french fries. So much for a “Low Carb” meal. And Red Robin wasn’t my only meal for the day (I had eggs for breakfast). On a positive note, I found it easy not to binge after eating such heavy food for the day.
It got me thinking about the average individual who doesn’t struggle with binge eating and otherwise hasn’t felt compelled to go out and seek nutrition information online. There is no way they know how bad these meals can be, can they? It’s almost criminal for restaurants to make food like this. How many people are going to Red Robin and ordering an appetizer and/or dessert in addition to their Royal Red Robin burger? Drinking a soda or raspberry limeade or an alcoholic beverage? And then are they eating normal breakfasts and lunches as well? I consider myself fairly “enlightened” as of late – yet it took another friendly reader to point out to me that the mayo on the burger contributes 220 calories and 20 grams of fat! Totally unnecessary IMHO.
I see a lot of parallels between the restaurant industry and the financial industry in which I work. There’s a lot of pressure placed on school systems, employers, and other institutions to provide financial knowledge and education to their various stakeholders – why isn’t the same pressure applied to providing nutrition education?