Following a successful trial in the US and Canada, popular fast food giant Burger King has chosen to launch its own diet french fries or ‘Satisfries’ to its UK and Ireland customers.
However, are these lower fat french fries really that much better for you? After a little research it seems not.
Although claimed to contain 40% less fat than regular fries, due to being crinkle cut and cooked in a newly designed batter, the reality is that a small portion of these new fries will only save you 8 calories.
This is not going to make much of a difference to those looking to lose weight, especially when you look at the total calories you will be consuming (214 calories in a small portion).
There also seems to be an issue with the taste with reports that they were “mushy and soggy on the inside and pale and limp on the outside”.
It seems that these new ‘healthier’ fries may just be a marketing gimmick.
Is fast food causing obesity levels to rise?
It is no coincidence that obesity levels are rising. People have become less active and are busier than ever before.
Fast food is tempting as it is what is says it is ‘fast food’. Just pop in and eat what you want.
Unfortunately this food is certainly not healthy and weight gain will lead to various health problems in the future, such as diabetes and heart disease for example.
Of course have the occasional treat, but when it becomes a regular occurrence (more than twice a week) then you may be in trouble.
What to eat if you want to lose weight?
If your aim is to lose weight then the first thing that needs to change is your diet.
Certainly cut back on the fast food and takeaways, instead try to make your own meals. Perhaps even prepare a few meals ready to warm up throughout the week if you lead a busy life.
You should be eating a diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meat such as chicken or turkey.
Both chicken and turkey contain high levels of protein that is slower to digest than the fat found in fast food, so is therefore much more filling and will keep those cravings at bay.
Increase the amount of water you drink too, 8 glasses a day will curb those cravings and flush out the toxins that cause weight gain.
Finally, another important aspect of weight loss is exercise, which may be difficult to do if you are busy.
Just remember you do not need to spend hour upon hour in the gym to see results. Just 20 minutes 2-3 times a week of intense physical exercise can be enough to drop those excess pounds.
Forget about those ‘Satisfries’, eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise, your weight will surely start moving in the right direction.