Reading about YC’s amazing daily diet got me thinking of my own weakness for fast food. I thought I’d do a quantitative analysis of it. I’ll start with an approximation of the energy that I should be burning up on any given day.
10 mins walking dog
+ 10 mins of other walking during the day combined
+ 10 mins light weight exercise
+ 10 mins cardio stuff
+ miscellaneous activities
+ 16 hours of being awake
Now, let’s break down some of my fast food indulgences. First, one of my all time favourite burgers.
Hungry Jack’s (BK) Double Bacon Cheese Deluxe Meal
Double Bacon Deluxe Burger – 2930kJ
Regular Fries – 1565 kJ
Medium Coke – 817 kJ
Original recipe KFC!
KFC 2-Piece Feed
2 pcs of original recipe chicken – 1886kJ
Regular potato & gravy – 329 kJ
Regular chips – 1296kJ
Dinner bun – 300kJ
375ml Pepsi – 737kJ
McChicken Medium Value Meal
McChicken Burger – 1750kJ
Medium Fries – 1540kJ
Medium Coke – 612kJ
~ 3902kJ (929 cal)
(ref: McDonald’s Australia)
6 inch Chicken Parmigiana
6″ Chicken Parmigiana Roll with cheese – 1940kJ
~ 1940kJ (462 cal)
And for comparison to some favourite South-East Asian hawker foods …
Chicken Rice – 2585kJ (615 cal)
Nasi Lemak w/ Chicken – 3682kJ (877 cal)
Fried/Char Kway Teow – 3104 kJ (739 cal)
Curry/Lemak Laksa – 2456kJ (585 cal)
Ramli Burger – scarily high?!
Teh-tarik – rough approximation 472kJ (112 cal)
So as you can see, a lunch consisting any of the above plus beverage and a dessert could easily account for nearly three quarters of my daily burn rate. Eating at Hungry Jack’s would account for almost my entire day’s energy needs! And that’s just one meal!
The lesson – fast food is not everyday food. It almost shouldn’t be once-a-day food either. They would be ok if they keep you feeling full but many of the items above don’t. So we end up piling on more food or snack in between meals to stop the hunger.
And we’ve only been talking about the energy content here. There’s also the sugar, salt and saturated fat content that these foods contain. Having a lot of that ain’t good for the body either.
My personal regime besides having fast foods a maximum of three times a week, involves keeping to three meals a day (unless I’m on holidays!), snacking on fruits instead of biscuits, chocolates and salty tidbits, and exercising.
Having said all that, I still love my fast food. Because damn it, they are oh so tempting and delicious. My mouth watered all the way whilst I was typing this out. 🙂