Fast Foods and Weight Loss Advice

Written by Rita Kennen

Advice on how to help yourself eat well. Self-help tools for health eating and weight loss advice. Here's a menu strategy for fast food nourishment.

It's inevitable; sooner or later you'll drive through the Golden Arches searching for a quick meal. Can you eat at a fast-food restaurant without jacking up your cholesterol? You bet.

Most fast-food restaurants offer healthy dining choices.
Learning a few food substitutions is one way of eating healthier fast food.
After eating a fast-food lunch, go easy on the fat at dinner time. 
Most fast food restaurants offer choices for the health-conscious diner. Making a few substitutes is another simple way to cut down on the fat.

Here's advice for quick and healthy eating at some of your favorite fast-food establishments:

McDonald's: The grilled chicken deluxe is a low-fat choice. Leaving off the mayonnaise saves you 80 calories and 9 grams of fat. Add a garden salad with light dressing, and you've got yourself a healthy lunch. But if a hamburger is what you're craving, consider passing by the Big Macs and going for the plain burger. You save 51 grams of fat, 10 of which you can trade in later on a small bag of fries.

Taco Bell: The grilled chicken taco is the lowest in fat, weighing in at 7 grams. Other good choices include the light chicken burrito, light chicken soft taco or the light chicken burrito supreme. All of them are fewer than 430 calories and contain fewer than 13 grams of fat.

Burger King: Hamburgers reign supreme at Burger King. The winner here is the Whopper junior at 15 grams of fat, without the mayo. Adding mayonnaise raises it to 23 grams of fat.

Jack in the Box: The chicken teriyaki bowl is a terrific low-fat option at 670 calories and 4 grams of fat. Stay away from the bacon ultimate cheeseburger. It's loaded with 71 grams of artery-clogging fat.

Pizza Hut: Kids love pizza. Many families count on it one night a week as a quick and easy meal. At Pizza Hut, the kids can have pepperoni, while you order the Veggie Lover's pie. Each slice of the vegetarian pie has 216 calories and 6 grams of fat.
A last bit of advice: A good strategy for healthy eating at fast-food restaurants is downsizing. If you know you'll be eating lunch at a fast food restaurant, reduce your fat intake at breakfast and dinner.

We couldn't help ourselves advice: Don't eat the buns, just eat the burger or chicken and you'll be amazed at how much you enjoy the meal and avoid tasteless calories. A good tip. Put the meat on top of your salad.

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