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In our culture of instant gratification, we have mastered the ability to live “on the go” and have things on demand. 

With more than 50 thousand fast food chains in the United States, our style of eating has also conformed to this way of life.

As a fitness professional, I believe this is something that needs to be addressed. People who eat at fast-food restaurants tend to take in an extra 187 to 190 calories per day. Without proper exercise to balance the increased caloric intake, obesity may very well be a long term result of this style of eating. May I submit for your consideration the idea that fast-food should find its way out of your life. A study from Healthline reveals some destructive effects of fast-food consumption.

Let’s first take a look at the internal systems of the body. INCREASED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE is an alarming effect of eating fast-food. This is caused by an increase in both cholesterol and blood pressure. Fried foods that are served at these fast-food restaurants are super high in trans fats which are known to increase cholesterol levels. These foods are also usually very high in sodium which is known to elevate blood pressure. BLOOD SUGAR SPIKES and INSULIN RESISTANCE are also risks when consuming fast-food. These foods are filled with empty carbohydrates which may lead to recurring spikes in insulin. This can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Now let’s take a look at some effects on the physical body. BLOATING and PUFFINESS is a possible effect of consuming fast-food. Because of the high sodium content, these foods will cause the body to retain water, leaving the body with a puffy, bloated feeling. WEIGHT GAIN is another, obvious effect of fast-food consumption. As mentioned above, the increased caloric intake from fast-food may slowly creep up on an individual and turn obesity into reality. Weight gain can further lead to SHORTNESS OF BREATH as a result of not being strong enough to carry around the excess weight put on. HEADACHES, ACNE, and DENTAL PROBLEMS are some more effects of fast-food consumption on the human body. A final serious risk is DEPRESSION. Eating processed, fast-food has been linked to an increased risk of depression.

In conclusion, we need to be more aware of the effects of the foods that we put into our bodies. Fast food may be quick and convenient, but we must count the cost before filling our bodies with it. Countless studied effects of fast-food consumption clearly show us that these “restaurants” may not be the smartest option for our food-intake. So, next time you pull up to the drive-thru, ask yourself this question before ordering;

Is a quicker, cheaper meal at the expense of my health really worth it?

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Connor Coman

Connor Coman works as a certified personal trainer in the Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. His training experience stems from a background in competitive gymnastics, track & field, and collegiate baseball. 

Learning from trainers and coaches since a young age, Coman's daily life became influenced by structured nutrition and exercise regimens at the age of 15. When competitive sports came to an end after studying nutrition & exercise science at Queens College in New York, Coman continued the path of health and wellness by becoming a certified personal trainer.

After months of training in New York, he switched coasts and began personal training at Golds Gym Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. In his fifth month, he was named Personal Trainer of the Month. Coman spent a year training a wide range of clientele at Golds Gym before being inspired to start his own personal training business.

Today, he trains mostly out of Ultra Body Fitness, an exclusive private training gym in Hollywood. Focusing on weight training in the gym, his client list includes both men and women, celebrity, and elderly. Coman continues to learn as he, himself, has a personal trainer, Charles Glass. Glass is known as the "Godfather" of personal training. 

Coman believes that there is one common goal among exercisers and that is "to lose body fat." He states that this can be done by first "making a true commitment to oneself to take the necessary steps in order to gain control of one's physical health." Those steps include "cardiovascular training, resistance training, and above all, proper nutrition."

Coman has recently found a new passion in writing and acting. He now uses his background, knowledge, and experience in the field of training to stay sharp on his path towards his goals in the entertainment industry.

Twitter: @Connorcoman


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