If you are on a diet then you will very quickly discover that one of the greatest threats to your weight loss regime is fast food. In fact, you would probably not be surprised at the amount of people that give up on eating healthily the second they catch a whiff of some beautiful fast food. This does not have to be the case though. Oh no. You see, you can actually still stick to your diet whilst consuming fast food. Don’t believe me? Well, have a little read of this page. I am going to give you a couple of tips on how you can do it.
Obviously your best bet is to actually avoid fast food altogether. I do know that this is tough for some people though. After all, you could be caught in the middle of nowhere with no other option but fast food to munch upon. You may also find that you get invited out by your friends and family and you simply can’t say no because you do not wish to sound antisocial. Have no fear though; you can actually still eat fast food whilst on that diet. Especially if you eat healthier fast foods such as Subway or Panera Bread.
First and foremost; almost every single fast food restaurant out there nowadays has started to introduce healthier options to the menu. If you know exactly where you are going I suggest that you have a little peek at the restaurant menu online beforehand. Here you will be able to get a complete list of every option on the restaurant’s menu. If you are lucky you will also find plenty of information on the nutritional content of the food (calories, fats, sugars etc.) this information will be useful for recording exactly what you have eaten that day. One of the benefits of looking at the menu beforehand and actually planning what you want means that there will be no thinking when you are at that cash register. Since you already know what you want (and it is hopefully a healthy option) you will be able to place your order without so much as contemplating purchasing the unhealthy food. Remember, planning in every aspect of dieting is going to go a long way. Eating fast food is not an exception to this rule.
If you are looking at the menu then you should always think long and hard about the options that are available. In the vast majority of cases you should always opt for grilled food as opposed to fried food. If you are opting for a salad then do not use the dressing. Studies have shown time and time again that salads with the dressing on can actually be home to far more calories than a single burger. This is why I suggested that you ALWAYS look at the amount of calories and other nutrients in the food that you plan on ordering. You may actually be incredibly surprised at what is healthy and what is not.
Now, when you are in a fast food restaurant it can be incredibly tempting to get a meal. I know how you feel. I do this all the time. If you can avoid it then I really suggest you do. If you can’t avoid it and really crave that side order or drink then do NOT get a large meal. Just get a standard sized one. When it comes to drinks you should always get the healthiest option available. This means either diet soda or water. If you are in a fast food restaurant with the option of refilling the drink yourself then DON’T. A single refill of a soda, providing it is not diet soda, can add hundreds of extra calories to your diet each day. Even diet soda should be avoided as much as possible. Whilst they are normally 0 calories, or close to it, they are packed to the brim with all sorts of chemicals to keep them tasting ‘great’. These chemicals are going to cause havoc in your body and may even end up slowing down your metabolism.
Going to a place with fries? Well, I suggest you ask for a side salad or fruit option instead. Many restaurants out there will allow you to do this, and if they don’t then you should really consider eating somewhere else.
Finally; if you are really craving that fast food but really do not wish to munch upon a healthier option (something that you should always attempt to do first) then I have absolutely no problems with eating a kids meal. They tend to be very small. You still get your fast food fix but it won’t be packed to the brim with hideous calories, and that is absolutely fantastic for you. Obviously where you can you may wish to try and make whatever you consume a little bit healthier.
It is important that you do try to avoid fast food as much as possible. After all, many of us are stuck losing weight because fast food has become somewhat of an addiction. If you keep heading to fast food joint after fast food joint then your body will eventually cave and have a desire to fulfill that addiction. This is not something that you want. You want to take yourself away from places where you may falter and put yourself into healthier situations. If you are going to a fast food joint more than once or twice a month then you do seriously need to rethink your diet plan. Remember, sometimes even the healthiest food from fast food restaurants is packed to the brim with calories. You need to cut down on these whenever you can. I know it is going to be difficult at the start. However I do believe in you. I know that if you put the effort in and opt for a healthier you in whatever you eat then you WILL get down to that weight and obtain the body that you have always dreamed of.