The new Chick-Fil-A diet recommends having a helping of chicken nuggets once every 3 to 4 hours, and health officials are obviously none too pleased about these incredibly unhealthy diet suggestions.
The advice is prominently featured on the restaurant chain’s new takeout bags, right under the headline “Great Ideas for Healthy Living”.
Following the Chick-Fil-A diet basically entails having servings of around 8 grilled chicken nuggets several times per day, supposedly in an effort to lose weight and keep yourself healthy.
The tips specify that the small meals should be enjoyed once every 3-4 hours, so as to stay satiated and keep food cravings at bay.
It may be true that enjoying an entree consisting in 8 Chick-Fil-A grilled nuggets provides a hefty dose of protein (23 grams), while keeping the intake of fat and overall calories quite low (3 grams and 140 calories, respectively, for each serving).
On the other hand, the diet appears relatively expensive, given that one such serving costs around $3.85, which would amount to approximately $700 in an entire month, if recommendations were followed to a T.
Also, as nutritionists point out, resorting to Chick-Fil-A nuggets for all your nourishment requirements doesn’t result in an adequate, balanced diet, as it leaves you devoid of other essential compounds, such as healthy fats and carbohydrates, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals.
As explained by Lisa Moskovitz, weight management specialist and director of the New York Nutrition Group, the Chick-Fil-A diet might trigger positive changes in the initial stages, due to its high protein content which helps curb hunger, and its low calorie count which can assist in weight loss.
However, such a nutritional plan would prove completely lopsided in the long run, supplying the individual with too many calories pertaining to one food group (proteins), and too few calories corresponding to other types of food (fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy products etc.).
Karen Ansel, another nutritionist and dietitian based in New York, has also spoken out against the Chick-Fil-A diet, stating that while some people may benefit from having small meals several times per day, others who dine 6 times per day or even more often tend to pack on more pounds instead of trimming their waistlines.
Even for those whose metabolism causes them to shed pounds as they eat more frequently, the Chick-Fil-A diet isn’t that advisable, especially because of the high salt content that grilled chicken nuggets usually have.
More precisely, one such helping of chicken breast meat contains over a fifth of the maximum amount of sodium that a person should have on a daily basis.
Therefore having Chick-Fil-A nuggets so many times per day would clearly result in an overly high salt intake, putting people at risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Instead of relying solely on grilled chicken meat, Chick-Fil-A fans should opt for a much wider variety of food items that are rich in protein, including turkey, fish, eggs, tofu, yogurt and other dairy products.
In response to all the criticism that the Chick-Fil-A diet has triggered, fast food chain representative Carrie Kurlander has declared that the message appearing on takeout bags shouldn’t be treated as genuine nutritional advice, since it was simply created by marketers who are extremely enchanted by the grilled chicken nuggets.
As Kurlander argued, it’s almost self-explanatory that people’s diets shouldn’t revolve around just one food item exclusively, especially since even Chick-Fil-A has a wide assortment of meals on its menu.
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