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It is Possible to Reverse the Damage of a Fast Food Diet

The Best News You'll Hear all Day . . .

If you've ever had a point in your life where you've eaten a lot of fast food (I know I have) and worry about how certain fast food items can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs, then you'll be happy to know that new research believes damage can be reversed.

The issue is that a diet high in fat and sugar could cause serious damage to the liver and fast food is often high in both. Don't fret over those days in college when all you ate was fast food — here are some easy suggestions from the experts for undoing a high-fat, high-sugar diet:

  • Have only one fast-food meal a week.
  • Even when eating fast food, eat as healthfully as possible. Try the burger without mayonnaise and cheese, and avoid fries and sugary soft drinks. Try a grilled chicken sandwich, a salad with a lower-fat dressing and bottled water.
  • Exercise at least three times a week.
  • Ask your doctor to do a blood test to check liver enzymes – a key measure of the health of your liver.

Pretty simple, eh? I like that the suggestions are not meant to make you feel bad or stop eating fast food altogether, but to just pay attention to the foods you eat when you do and keep moderation in mind.


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avneetks avneetks 9 years
I actually haven't eaten much fast food the past 7 or 8 months, since I became vegetarian. I went to arby's yesterday to get some mozz sticks and a jamocha shake, and ate one stick and practically spit out my first sip of the shake...I can't believe i used to enjoy this stuff! So not only can the damage be undone, but so can your enjoyment of the food.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
The only time FF appealed to me was late night after a bar since I was too lazy to make anything but wanted food.
emalove emalove 9 years
Thankfully, I've NEVER been into fast food. My parents never allowed us to have it growing up and it just wasn't something that I'd crave. And it makes you feel like crap after you eat it. If I eat "fast food" these days, it's usually a turkey and cucumber sub from Subway and that's about it.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't eat fast food much at all...only if it's THE ONLY thing available and even then, I don't eat burgers and fries. I try to find a Subway (not usually that hard) and I get a sandwich with no mayo or cheese on it. It's a pretty healthy fast food option. I honestly can't tolerate greasy burgers and fries's just too much fat for my system to handle.
dubsie1 dubsie1 9 years
I'll be honest, it kind of upset me that as I read this post there was a Carl's Jr ad just to the right of it. Shame on you FitSugar, that is worse than finding a candy bowl at the gym.
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
hahaha Torgleson i thought the same thing! I don't eat fast food that much...maybe once a month...but i thought it was gonna be good news!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Hmm. I saw "the best news you'll hear all day" with a burger and fries, and I thought it was going to be, like, burgers and fries are good for you!
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
We probably don't average one typical fast-food meal a week - maybe twice a month. Part of that is so when we do, I can order whatever I want and not worry about it. If you're eating it 3/week, then you have to watch it, but if once a month we go to Sonic, it's not going to do any damage!
syako syako 9 years
Not necessarily. Considering we eat, what, 21 meals a week - one meal won't kill you especially if you follow those guidelines.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
"Have only one fast-food meal a week." ...I thought that was a lot!
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