I almost punched someone in the face when I saw that post on my Facebook feed (because yes, I sometimes waste a good amount of time on Facebook).
First of all, it’s Chipotle. How can you even begin to talk shit about Chipotle?
What really gets to me though is when I see people say stuff like “[insert food here] is bad for you, bro. Don’t eat that stuff, bro.”
Let’s break down what happened in the image above.
For anonymity, I’ve blurred out each person’s name in the image. Facebook Dude #1 (let’s call him Dick) finds this article titled “How Chipotle Can Make You Fat” and posts it on his friend’s Facebook timeline thinking that he’ll save him. The article basically talks about how some of Chipotle’s meals can easily rack up to over 1,000 calories. Which is true. One burrito alone with everything on it, and you’re already near 1,000. Add a side of chips and guac (another 700 or so) and that can easily be a day’s worth of calories for some people.
But to call Chipotle “crap” and say it “isn’t good” for you just because you read an article about how their food is calorie-dense? Come on now.
What isn’t good for you is when you eat more than you need to. YOU decide how much you’re eating, not them. The calories only become a problem when you eat more food than you should be. If you eat a lot of anything, the calories will add up and you’ll end up overeating at some point.
Being mindless about your eating habits is what’s bad for you. Not the food itself.
If going out to eat at a place like Chipotle, proper planning is what’s needed, not avoidance. Take a look at Facebook Dude #2’s response (we’ll call him Vic), for example. Knowing that his daily caloric requirement is around 2,600 calories, he’s clearly aware of how many calories are in the burritos he usually gets. At about 1,000 calories, that’s only 38% of Vic’s daily calories. He’s still got another 1,600 calories to eat between two or three other meals.
Oh, and by the way, Chipotle is an awesome place to eat when trying to lose fat or pack on some muscle mass. Here’s why…
– For the skinny dudes and dudettes out there looking to put on mass: it’s soooooo easy to eat your required macros and calories. With so many options available, you can choose what’s best that day, and even double up on ingredients to hit your goals.
– For everyone else trying to shed some fat: again, you have the option of choosing the ingredients (especially the macronutrient content) of your meals. Behind on your protein intake for the day but already on the high end of your carb and fat intake? Skip the tortilla and go naked with the burrito bowl, and ask for double meat. Want to get a post-workout meal in on a workout day, but minimize the fat content? Don’t get sour cream, guac, or even cheese which all have higher fat contents than the other ingredients on the menu.
Chipotle offers options, and YOU make the choices.
Don’t hate Chipotle. Hate your poor choices.
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