Sure it's easy to say that you're going avoid fast food from now on, but it's often easier said than done. Especially when you're budgeting -- or traveling with a gaggle of kids -- saying yes to fast food seems like the more reasonable option!
And, yes, YOU CAN make smart choices eating at fast food restaurants. Here's how:
diet is going well, but every restaurant seems to be a challenge.
Do you really need to stick to brown bag lunches and dinners at
a little planning and know-how, you can dine out and still watch
your waistline. Slim-Fast shows you how to make the right choices
and still enjoy your local fast
food eateries and sharing meals with friends.
The number one strategy when eating fast
foods is to watch the portion sizes.
The "super sized" or "combination" meals
might be easy on your wallet, but they can be double or even
triple the amount of food that you would normally eat - and
that means double or triple the fat and calories.
If you're really craving a hamburger,
look for the smallest size or order the children's meal. Skip the fries, cheese and special
Order low fat milk or water instead of
a soft drink. Besides being good for your diet, drinking water helps to moisturize your skin
from the inside! If you really want a soda choose the low-cal version.
Look for foods that are grilled, roasted,
steamed or baked. More and more restaurant menus now highlight items that are low fat or calorie-conscious.
Grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, plain baked potatoes, chili and lean deli meat sandwiches
are all good choices.
Make up for what you're missing. Fast
foods are typically low in fibre, calcium, vegetables and fruit. So ask for fibre-rich whole
wheat bread or pizza crust, opt for low-fat milk instead of sodas and go for a small side
salad instead of the fries.
Plan ahead. If you know you're going to
eat out, surf the restaurant's website ahead of time to check out the nutritional value of
different menu items.
Choose a salad-based meal, but use only
a small amount of the dressing or ask for a low-fat dressing. One single packet of regular
dressing often packs in more fat than the salad itself and can add 35 per cent more calories
to the meal.