Why Eating Cheeseburgers Makes You Fat

So, why does eating cheeseburgers make you fat? The real culprit may surprise you. It's not just the fat to blame as we have been told. It is the combination of the meat, cheese, and bread in a single meal that puts on the pounds. This pretty much describes a typical fast food meal at any restaurant in the USA today, Unfortunately, 40% plus of Americans eat fast food at a restaurant every day.

Like they say, "Don't blame the steak for what the sugar did." More recent clinical studies and nutritional research is concluding that a high carb diet with a load of sugar is what is making people fat. Not the dietary fat alone by itself. Let's face it, all carbohydrates, except fiber, turn into sugar each and every time you eat.

The Truth Is... Carbohydrates Make You Fat

Many people today are beginning to realize that eating too many carbohydrates creates the potential to make you fat. Some diets claim that eating carbohydrates in combination with other macronutrients speeds up the process even more.

If you can't avoid fast food options what can you do? You could toss away the bun and eat the other items on your burger. Many people do this when they absolutely have to take a meal at at fast food restaurant. Some burger joints like Wendy's even cater to the folks eating low carb. They gladly will replace the bun with a lettuce wrap.

Most Dietary Fat Is Not The Problem

The burgers at Wendy's do not contain carbohydrate, so any carbs will come from the condiments. American cheese slices, lettuce, tomato, and onion each have 1 gram of carbohydrate. At Wendy's, ketchup adds 2 grams of carbohydrate and honey mustard sauce 3 grams. The mayonnaise and pickles have zero carbs.


Watch Out for Other Food Additives

BTW, ditch the fries, too. They are right in there with the bun for being a high carbohydrate food. This really is a matter of restricting your diet of all really high carb foods like bread items, buns, etc. And then also any other starchy foods. In restaurants you need to realize that most of the food comes along with a good dose of High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, added salt, and MSG. Not to mention unknown additives in the way of stabilizers and preservatives. This is to extend the shelf life of the processed foods they have to keep in storage.

You may think you can't blame someone for trying to make a buck, and this kind of food is tasty stuff...but this is your health we are talking about here. Learn to read menus and labels, and keep in mind that other items like the condiments, ketchup, salad toppings, and sauces all have an extra helping of the bad stuff, too.

Try Restricting Certain Food Combinations

Another option is to learn to eat like Suzanne Somers. We have explained in other posts the general rules for changing your eating habits with some simple techniques for the combination of foods. This also includes what foods not to combine in a single meal. Additionally, you can practice time restrictions between meals and food types. So, for some people it may mean just not eating carbohydrates, meat, and cheese all at the same time (in the same meal).

That is not necessarily a Ketogenic Diet, but it certainly would be lower carb and more of a whole food eating style. Our advice is to go Keto for at least awhile to see how it goes. When we first did this for a month, we lost our taste for the processed foods. No longer any cravings for sugary and starchy foods either. Replacing those foods with more fresh veggies and good fats can be very satisfying.

Bonus Lifestyle Changes

A bonus for changing your lifestyle, and adopting this Whole Food Eating approach, is that the extra weight will seem to melt away. A double bonus is you won't be hungry. You also will become healthier. How about the bonus of saving some money by not getting sick, and having chronic medical conditions pile on as you get older.