7 Tips for Fast Food survival
Mar 16, 2011
Now, if you’re really serious about getting or staying in shape, fast food restaurants are not on your path to success. However, sometimes fast food is the only option other than starvation. Long road trips, co-worker lunches, the only place your child or childish companion will eat – these are all situations where you may be forced to enter one of these flurescent dens of gluttony and decide which of their evilly delicious menu items you’ll be naming your newly enlarged buttocks. Here are some tips to make healthier choices and some suggestions about the healthiest (relatively speaking) things to order at some of the major fast food chains.
1. Get less for your money. The so-called clue meals really only offer you extra calories, saturated fat, sugar, and other diet killers. While it may seem like an unbelievable deal that you can get twice as many fries for only 19 more cents, it’s a bit of a false economy, unless you’re saving up for a bypass operation. If you really want to save money, pack a lunch.
2. Discover your inner child. The best place to find a reasonably sized portion for an adult is, sadly, the children’s menu. Bowing to the horrible publicly created by childhood obesity, fast food companies have made the most improvements to their kids’ menus. In fast, at some restaurants, the kids’ meal is the only way you can get healthy sides like fruit or carrots.
3. Stick to salads. A big problem with fast food is that many innocent-looking nuggets and patties are loaded with added fats, flavorful chemicals, and high-fructose corn syrup, which wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. Salads are a good way to eat ingredients that you can easily observe whether they’ve been adulterated with bad-for-you additives. Not to be deterred, the fast food companies will try to get you with the dressings. Ask for oil and vinegar, if possible.
4. Beware of “theme” salads. It’s called a salad. It looks like a salad. It has lettuce. It must be a salad, right? Don’t be fooled by clever naming tricks – like the “cheesesteak salad”. A taco salad at most places is just all the unhealthy ingredients you’re trying to avoid dumped on a plate of lettuce. Use common sense when selecting a salad, making sure all the ingredients are vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins you can recognize.
5. Have it your way. Remember the old Burger Kind jingle, “Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.” Take them at their word – only don’t hold the pickle and the lettuce, and do hold the mayo and the high-fructose corn syrup ketchup. Ask if you can substitute the grilled chicken breast for the breaded chicken breast, wheat buns for white buns, and lettuce cups for buns. Ask for extra veggies. And hold the “cheez”, especially if it’s spelled with a “z”. Tell them you’d rather salt the fries yourself. When you order the “healthy” grilled-chicken or fish sandwiches, make sure they’re not loaded with may or special sauces. Ask for salsa or mustard instead.
6. Watch what you drink. The most profitable menu item for restaurants are soft drinks. Costing almost nothing to make, they want you to get as big a size as possible and pay for it. What you’ll get is tons of sugar and chemicals, and maybe, eventually diabetes! Try to stick with iced tea or water. And, if you must get soda, get the small size.
7. And a milkshake is not a drink. It will often be suggested that you wash down your burgers and fries with a frosty milkshake. Sounds good, right? You can tell yourself you’re getting your calcium, fighting osteoporosis! You’re also getting over 1,000 calories if you get a large size at some restaurants. Even the kid size comes in at 300 plus calorie. Your drink probably shouldn’t have more calories than your meal. Also, if it’s called a shake, instead of a milkshake, there’s a good change it doesn’t even contain any dairy – maybe some whipped lard instead!