A woman named Christine Dougherty claims she lost 54 pounds making smarter choices at the Taco Bell drive-thru.
She chose healthier, lower calorie fast food items on the Fresco menu which have existed for six years one site reported. This is not a weight-loss program the site DriveThruDiet.com stresses but a focus on making smarter fast food choices. Although the commercial does give you impression the weight loss was because of Taco Bell a la Jared Fogle of Subway who did lose weight because of consciously eating at Subway, Christine didn’t lose weight because of Taco Bell. She lost weight because she started making healthier food choices and Taco Bell was one of the places she ate better, “For me, I didn’t want to cut out my fast food so I started choosing Fresco items from the Drive-Thru Diet menu and making other sensible choices. I reduced my daily calorie and fat intake by 500 calories to 1250 calories a day, and, after two years, I ended up losing 54 pounds! These results aren’t typical, but for me they were fantastic!” says Christine. (See the commercial at www.chicktalkdallas.com/blog)
But the LA Times challenges the “Fresco” menu, “How much of that was Fresco and how much was due to “sensible choices”? Let’s put it this way: The most notable difference between the regular and the Fresco tacos is replacement cheese with salsa. (For a little perspective, there are 100 calories in an ounce of Mexican-style shredded cheese, and about 10 calories for your typical salsa, according to this calorie calculator.) This doesn’t make for a huge caloric difference between the Fresco menu itemsand their “regular” counterparts. The Crunchy Taco Supreme is 200 calories; the Fresco version cuts that to 150. The Fresco burrito supreme with steak keeps it at 330 calories, while the normal version hits 380. That 50-calorie cut doesn’t even come close to cutting the 500 calories Christine said she dropped each day.” I don’t think making smart choices at the drive thru is a breakthrough diet moment but and effort by battered fast food chains to shake the stigma as “evil” fat food joints killing America one paper bag at a time. I cut fast food from my diet a few years ago and when I do go, I make an effort to choose items that are less in fat and calories like chili at Wendy's or a salad and no fries. But I do worry the image of a thin woman bragging about weight loss and pictures of burritos flying behind her will give the impression to some that eating fast food is healthy. It isn’t. But if that’s your only option you can opt for something that won’t give you a coronary.
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