When I was a teenager we used to go to Taco Bell and we would have about 2 or 3 tacos each and we never gained any weight. Why? Because we were fit already and we were athletic so we could eat all the tacos we wanted as long as we remained active. Although, even back then we didn’t go ALL the time, we went once in a while.
Taco Bell was never my downfall. I don’t see Taco Bell as being the cause for my weight gain because during the time it took me to get fat Taco Bell was never on the menu. Every once in a while it was but it is not what made me fat and I can’t say it contributed to it either. Actually fast food was never what made me fat. It was always what I bought from the grocery store and made at home.
In the 10 weeks that I’ve been on this diet we have had a no fast food policy. Although, we don’t regularly go to fast food restaurants anyway, we just figured that if we never went at all then we would be ok. I would say that in a year we would probably have maybe 4 trips to a fast food restaurant. So it’s not like I’m depriving myself of something that I never have.
Today I was thinking about Taco Bells new fresco menu on the approved SparkPeople list for fast food restaurants. I looked at the calories for the fresco soft taco and it was basically the same as a regular soft taco. Well, the Fresco soft taco is 180 calories, the regular soft taco is 200 calories. It doesn’t matter if it’s beef or chicken, it’s the same amount of calories. I didn’t really want the fresco because the salsa they put on it has onions which I cannot stand. So, I chose those extra 20 calories each. I had 2 soft tacos for 400 calories and I don’t regret it at all. And if you think about it, that’s only 40 calories more than if I chose fresco.
The reason I don’t regret eating 400 calories in 1 sitting is because it’s today only. I’m not going to have Taco Bell again for maybe another 6 months or maybe longer. I can’t say when we will have it again but I do know that it won’t be any time soon.
If you deprive yourself of things that you like to eat then one day you will end up bingeing on it. So, it’s good to eat the things you like every so often.
I’ve lost 31lbs so far and believe me, I don’t plan to gain it all back so by eating taco bell tonight and getting the craving over now will make sure that my weight loss continues.