While fast food is quick and easy, the convenience is not worth the harmful effects it has on your health over time. Fast food provides an abundance of calories and nutrients you need to limit, including trans and saturated fats, sugar and salt, and it usually does not provide the nutrients your body needs like fiber, vitamins and minerals. Interested in losing weight? Learn more about LIVESTRONG.COM's nutrition and fitness program! Weight Gain
Weight gain is one of the main side effects of eating fast-food meals; one fast food meal can often provide your calorie needs for a whole day. Fast-food restaurants generally serve portions that are too large and offer inexpensive opportunities to increase the size. These sizes can easily lead to overeating. When you order a soda with your meal, you add extra calories that you might not think about. Having too much weight can lead to more serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.
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Fast food is full of saturated and trans fats, which can both increase your risk of heart disease. Both saturated and trans fats increase your LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels, and trans fats also decrease your HDL, or "good," cholesterol levels. Unhealthy cholesterol levels are a risk factor for heart disease. A study published in May 2007 of the Danish journal "Ugeskr Laeger" found that, depending on the restaurant, a chicken nugget and french fry meal contained 41 to 71 g of fat which is about the amount of fat you would require in an entire day. Further, most of that fat is unhealthy saturated fat instead of healthy unsaturated fats. Lack of Healthy Foods
Eating fast food often takes the place of healthier food choices, so you might not get enough nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, you need to carry out necessary functions. Children, adolescents and adults in...
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