Stay on Track With Your Diet: Surviving McDonald’s and Fast Food

Delicious burger of Burger King Franchise

I don’t think there will ever come a time when nutrition authors will be able to give you the complete go-ahead on fast food chains, but these chains may get a slightly worse reputation than they actually deserve. McDonald’s especially has made a recent push towards offering healthier options, so if you’re picky and follow these rules, the occasional fast food visit won’t throw you off your diet.

No Meals

If you’re planning on ordering a burger or sandwich, Burgerking franchise buy it à la carte. Ordering a medium drink and filling it up with a sugary soda will add up to 150 junk calories that will cause your blood sugar to spike and leave you feeling hungry in an hour. The medium fries that come with your meal will add nearly 400 calories, 19 grams of fat, and more than 10% of your daily value of sodium. Trust me, it’s not worth it.

Hold the Mayonnaise

Did you know that the mayonnaise at Burger King adds 160 calories to your meal with its whopping 17 grams of fat? That’s more calories and fat than the cheese adds! As a general rule, opt for darker colored condiments, like Ketchup and barbecue sauce.

Be Careful of Salads

Salad is not necessarily code for healthy – you have to be picky here too. Does the Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken really sound healthy? It has more than 20 grams of fat and 450 calories, and that’s if you don’t add any dressing. With numbers like those you might as well go for a big juicy burger! Plus remember what I was saying about choosing dark-colored condiments? That means light-colored salad dressings are probably high in fat. If you’re going to get a salad, opt for grilled chicken (McDonald’s offers that same Southwest salad with grilled chicken) and dip each bite into a little bit of dressing instead of drenching your entire salad with it – you’ll be able to taste the dressing without consuming more than you need.

Order from the Under 400 Calories Menu

The number of calories a meal has is by no means the only factor you should consider when picking what to eat (the medium fries managed to sneak onto this list after all), but this section of the menu is a good place to start searching for selections. You can request a further breakdown of nutritional information, look it up online, or use your best judgment. It’s not always easy at a lot of fast food joints, but try to get the highest percentage of your calories from protein or at least choose options that move in that direction. Remember, protein is essential for weight loss and muscle gain, so you should make it a priority even when you’re eating out.

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