Michelle Obama splurges on burgers, fries and shake, and that’s OK
First Lady Michelle Obama is a champion for healthful eating and exercise, home gardens and salad bars at school lunches. Now she’s been caught in an unflattering lunchtime act.
A reporter from the Washington Post spotted the first lady at a Shake Shack on Monday ordering a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and Diet Coke.
The caloric damage—about 490 calories in the burger, 470 in the fries, and 740 in the 15-ounce shake, for a total of 1,700 calories.
For comparison, at McDonald’s, a Quarter Pounder with cheese (510), large French fries (500) and a 16-ounce Chocolate Triple Thick shake (580) weighs in at 1,590 calories.
Neither are particularly healthful meals. But here’s the real question about Michelle Obama’s fast-food splurge: Does it even matter?
For keeping weight stable, not really, say nutritionists. Research last year indicated that occasional, high-calorie splurges won’t throw off your body weight, as long as your long-term calorie intake isn’t creeping upward.
And a lineup of nutritionists and dietitians in this USA Today article echoed that as long as splurges are occasional, they can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
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