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Mixing Fast Food Restaurants with Weight Loss

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Make sure you avoid fast "fatty" foods that are heavy in fat, have been fried, or battered when trying to lose weight.

It happens to the best of us; in an effort to juggle quality time with your family, your job, and all other extracurricular activities that you may have in your life, it is often easy to neglect the quality of your food as long as you’re eating something.   Unfortunately, the ease, convenience, and low cost of today’s fast food is causing more teens and young adults to gain significant amounts of weight while facing increased risks of various diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Studies have shown that individuals eating fast food such as McDonalds more than once per week tend to be at least ten pounds heavier than they normally would and an almost doubled risk of insulin resistance. Fast food restaurants often don’t provide a variety of nutrients and pack a calorie punch equal to what one should eat in an entire day in one meal.

A few examples of high calorie fast food fare include:

McDonald’s Big Mac Combos – 1,140 calories or 1,460 calories when supersized

Cinnabon’s Classic Cinnamon Bun – 730 calories

Dairy Queen’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard – 1,320 calories

Burger King’s Double Whopper with Cheese (excluding French fries)  – 990 calories

Pizza Hut’s Personal Pan Pizza – 890 calories

Wendy’s Baconator (excluding French fries) – 830 calories

Obviously, indulging in a burger or fries can be therapeutic on occasion such as once a month or two but as with anything, moderation is the key. The best way to prepare yourself for picking a healthier food choice when dining at a fast food establishment is to have prepared meal choices for restaurants that you frequent. Make your selections carefully by only picking food that has been prepared in the healthiest manner – such as steaming or poaching. Avoid foods that are heavy in fat, have been fried, or battered. Those type of items are usually high in calories and fats.

If you’re stuck for ideas, try the following healthier choices:

  • Single patty burgers with no cheese or a veggie burger
  • Grilled chicken
  • Garden salads with dressing on the side
  • Eggs on whole wheat toast, bagels, or English muffins
  • Baked potatoes with no sour cream
  • Yogurt and berries
 


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