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Fast Food Mayhem

So I've broken down a lot of your favorite fast food spots, leaving you wondering if there is anything you can even eat out there. I understand the occasional fast food stop is unavoidable and you can do it in a healthy way, you just have to follow a few guidelines:

  • Don't super size. Most people eat way more than anyone ever should at a fast food restaurant because they can. Don't do it! Order small sizes.
  • Opt for places that offer "made to order" food. Like Subway for example, this way you can easily create a low calorie meal.
  • There's lots more, so

  • Stay away from all things fried. Fried foods are a diet killer. They are extremely high in calories and, for now at least, trans fats.
  • Salads are your friend. Almost every fast food joint offers a salad. Try getting a side salad instead of a side of fries. Watch out for croutons (or crispy noodles) and skip the dressing altogether (unless you have your own non-fat dressing on hand).
  • Fountain sodas are not your friend. Instead of soda you can get water, bottled water, iced tea... anything other than soda.
  • Hold the cheese and sour cream. They are loaded with calories and fat, not to mention trans fats. And we can only guess what goes into those cheese "like" sauces.
  • Get something other than a burger - a deli sandwich or a chicken sandwich (not fried). Just try to steer clear of the burgers.
  • Condiments pack a lot of calories. When ordering something, ask what is on it. Usually there is some mayo-concoction that is called "crazy sauce" or something similar that you may want to go without.
Join The Conversation
talloolah talloolah 9 years
i think its really disgusting that medium is now the new small. i remember the first time i ordered a small fry and they gave me a medium since their sizes had changed. i was so grossed out. i mean clearly theres a problem with the society if you have to up the portion sizes to meet their [new] needs.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
The Market fresh sandwiches at Arby's are way more fattening than their regular roast beef sandwich....
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
The words "hold the cheese" will never come out of my mouth.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
me and my hub will order a salad, an appetizer, and one meal and split all three
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
That's a smart idea, Jennifer! Sharing is way husband and I do that a lot so we can enjoy some of the tempting treats this country has to offer. Mmmm chocolate, crepes, baguettes,
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Oh, and when we eat out, it comes in very handy to have two children. Instead of buying them stuff off the childrens' menu, we just share *our* meals with them. That way, we don't have giant portions, and they get actual food instead of chicken nuggets or whatever.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I totally agree with you, Mme Hart!! Portions are a huge problem here. We eat dinner on the smaller, salad size plates at our house and it really makes a big difference vs. having a huge dinner plate to fill up. And the eat everything on your plate thing drives me NUTS. We were never forced to finish our meals. Its taken me 10 years to get through to my husband - who WAS taught that way - that the only difference between shoving the food in your stomach and in the trash is that YOU get fat. It makes no sense to eat something so you don't waste it. :? I just don't get that at all.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Bonsoir bpjedi!! Votre francais c'est pas mal!!! ;) Yeah, I think a lot can be said about portion control. Also, what is with the idea that one must finish eating an entire meal, even if they are full 1/2 way through??? Bizzare..
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
be wary of the entree salads at fast food places, like sugar said, stick with a side salad! sometimes those entree salads have more fat and calories than a regular hamburger. Wendy's is my all time favorite fast food joint for a quick bite to eat, but research is key!!! the mandarin chicken salad there has over 500 calories!! SHEESH!! go for the grilled chicken sandwich sans the condiments and the yogurt granola cup!
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
Mmme Hart, Bonjour! Je parle un petit peu de francais, mais je ne parle pas bien. Je pense que les personnes dans les Etats Unis mangent trop de nouritture. Alors... I don't think you're being offensive; I think portions are out of control in the US, and I've lived here all my life. Since I'm both cheap and trying to compensate for my slowing metabolism, I really, really try to avoid fast-food places, and usually have nuts or some other portable food on hand. On road-trips, my beau (also cheap and of declining metabolism) and I usually bring a cooler with our own food, as fast-food places off of the highway have jacked-up prices, and isn't what we'd really want to be eating anyway.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
At McDonald's, a super-size meal(or le mega) over here in France is the same size as a medium in the USA. I was at McDonald's (as its called here le MacDo) the other day and there was a group of American tourists in the line next to me complaining that their food was too small to be the mega-size. So 3 of them ordered second servings of fries. I'm not saying this to make fun of Americans or anthing...I just wanted to show that I think there really is something to be said about portion control. The portions considered normal for French people are small for Americans. French people have an obsession with MacDo as well, yet remain quite fit and slender. Maybe if the portions weren't so big in the USA, it might help. Apparently, there is also less sugar in the meat and buns over here...but that could be an urban legend. Not sure. Am I making sense or just offending everyone?
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Fitnessgirl- I keep the toy hahahaha for a little bit at least I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Cheese is loaded with trans fats? Is NYC outlawing cheese too, then?
DStirk DStirk 10 years
I love getting the kids meal.... and then since I dont have kids, i just give my toy to a kid in the restaurant.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Oh yeah order the kids meal. you can get the same foods but in smaller portions. Wendy's has a great kids meal that has little snadwhiches plus you can get a fruit side and milk instead of fries and soda I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
JessNess JessNess 10 years
When it comes to fries I always order a small. Its just enough. Our small fries use to be a medium fries back in the day. Portion sizes at fast food places are crazy. If you go to subway you can get a deli roll instead of the 6inch or 12 inch loaf. When going to In-n-out they have healthier choices like the protien wrap where the burger is wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun When it comes to lettuce quality Wendys by far has the best. It is an actual healthy lettuce color and is not shredded I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
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