Fast food and dieting is not synonymous. In fact what most people do–if they want weight loss success is get rid of the fast food–fast. But what they normally do is make everything so bland and tasteless that it is just a failure soon after. We aren’t saying that you can go to the drive through everyday but we are going to give you some tips and tricks for fast food that won’t break the diet rules.
So what’s wrong with fast food?
A lot is wrong with fast food but that doesn’t mean you can’t be smart with it. First though you have to understand what we mean by fast food because you may only be thinking McDonalds or Burger King but it is more than that. Restaurants are fast food period. The food doesn’t have to be served in a bun to make it illegal. It only has to be served outside your home. Why? Well, economics actually. The establishment has to be within their budget so what the food is cooked in makes a difference. One way to tell if it may be more fast food than fresh food is if it is moderately priced. Face it–the more you pay for a meal–the more you’ll be eating inappropriate things. So, if you can’t afford to go to fancy restaurants then you can help yourself in other ways.
How to get around fast food:
If you are with friends or family–you get coerced into eating out a lot and you also get to sit and watch them eat what you shouldn’t be and get yourself into trouble. Just remember a few key things. You can always custom design your food and calorie count. You can also locate plenty of restaurants that have a “fit” menu. This menu is a lower calorie menu that will tell you the calories in it and what is being substituted. There are also very basic common sense things to remember. Ask for no mayo or have a veggie burger instead of a beef patty or maybe do chicken as a substitute.
There are also applications that you can download to the phone in order to track the calories of your favorite foods and guess what? You can also look up the calorie count and ingredients of most of the food in most of the popular chain restaurants. This way, you don’t have the pressure of having to be a downer on your company and have to go to restaurants that serve twigs. Fast food can always be modified and after a while you will know off the top of your head where the best places are for you.