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Here’s how Consumers Rank the Top 6 Fast Food Restaurants in the US

Here’s how Consumers Rank the Top 6 Fast Food Restaurants in the US

Fast foods are often criticized for their association with overweight and obesity. However, for many people living in the United States, fast-food restaurants are heaven-sent, because people are always on the go.

As a result of this debate, many people love these types of restaurants, while others do not enjoy them. Without further ado, I’m going to share some information about six of the most popular fast-food restaurants. I looked through many reviews, and here’s how reviewers rank six of the top fast food restaurants today. Let’s count down from number six to number one.

Let’s go!

6- Chick-Fil-A

This franchise can be found in 1,950 locations and is still expanding. Chick-Fil-A is known for its boneless chicken sandwich and its waffle fries.

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Chick-Fil-A is also known for the religious beliefs of the company’s founder and leadership; some of their religious views have been very controversial in the media, and the restaurants don’t operate on Sundays. Nonetheless, when discussing chains with free food giveaways, you can’t fail to mention this restaurant.

5- Taco Bell

This fast-food restaurant is very popular because it’s one of the most widespread Mexican fast-food restaurants in the United States. One thing I have observed is that Taco Bell foods aren’t consumed only by Mexicans or those with a Mexican background. Many American people of all backgrounds enjoy Taco Bell as well.

As a way to make their customer service even better, Taco Bell is now teaming up with DoorDash to allow customers to get their food delivered right to their doors. I think it’s great that they’re taking the initiative to make customers happy.

4- Wendy’s

This fast-food chain was founded by Dave Thomas in Ohio in 1969. It didn’t take long for the founder to launch a second restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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Today, Wendy’s still provides its old-fashioned style burgers that many people like to eat, and sales are still going strong. That success can be observed in the company’s third-quarter report for 2016. “Our solid third-quarter results demonstrate the positive benefits of our brand transformation efforts,” reports their president and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor.

3- Burger King

Anytime someone talks about fast food, Burger King is very likely to be mentioned. These restaurants offer a wide variety of foods to choose from, which makes them very popular. This franchise is scattered around the world and has become a well-recognized brand worldwide.

As the statistics site Statista states, “There were 52 company-owned Burger King restaurants and 14,320 franchised Burger King restaurants worldwide in 2014.”

2- Subway

Subway is one of the fast-food restaurant chains that is best known for its fresh foods. Many customers believe that Subway’s offerings are less unhealthy than other fast foods. In fact, some people even claim that Subway’s foods are very effective for weight loss.

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Since no real study has ever been done, I can’t tell you whether or not it’s true. However, they do serve fresh food, including fresh vegetables.

1- McDonald’s

You might be wondering why McDonald’s is ranked number one while Burger King is ranked third on this list.

According to many reviews written by people who like to eat from both of these chains, McDonald’s makes better food than its competitor, Burger King. While many of you might think otherwise, as of today, that’s what the majority of reviewers on some sites claim. Feel free to give your thoughts in the comment section below.

The best thing most fast-food restaurants have in common

Although some fast-food restaurants do not have a drive-through in all their locations, drive-throughs are one of the best features of a typical fast-food restaurant. Being able to pick up your food while you’re still behind the wheel makes the exchange faster and more convenient.

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Even if you don’t own a car, you can still buy food from a drive-through pickup window. While some taxi drivers may not allow it, most Uber drivers would be happy to pass through a drive-through with you. As an Uber rider, you actually have a lot of control.  Not having a car shouldn’t stop you from buying food from a fast food restaurant’s drive-through.

Conclusion

Fast-food restaurants play a huge role in many people’s lives. If you aren’t a fan, I can’t blame you, but if you eat fast food every day, I can’t blame you either. For some people, it’s controversial whether or not fast food restaurants should even be allowed to function.

It’s unfortunate that obesity is becoming an even bigger problem in our world while we can’t afford to ban fast-food restaurants. My advice to you is to consume fast foods only in moderation. Their ingredients aren’t very healthy, as you probably already know.

Featured photo credit: Ron McDiarmid via myhealthylivingcoach.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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