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Choose Smart When Eating Fast Food and Snacks

With today’s fast-paced busy lifestyle, eating fast food is a convenient way to get a meal. As you may know, fast food is not a healthy option in the least due to all of the saturated fat and trans fat within it. Although most know this, it’s still hard to resist a quick and easy meal. On the occasion that you do order fast food, be sure to choose as healthy as you can.

Though there aren’t any healthy ingredients in fast food, the key is to purchase the foods that have the least amount of calories and fat. Over the years people have realized just how bad fast food is for them, which is why these businesses decided to release their own “healthy menu.” These still aren’t good for you, but you can worry less about what you’re eating when you go for fast food.

In order to choose meals that are the healthiest for you, you’ll have to learn to resist the best looking fatty foods. The menus at fast food chains are designed to make you want the most expensive looking item on the menu with words such as creamy, Alfredo, Teriyaki, baked, crispy, fried, or scalloped. Food items with delicious adjectives in front are usually the ones filled with the most calories and sodium. Rather, go for foods that have the word steamed, grilled, or broiled in font of them.

The size of a meal is also important to watch out for. A standard fast food burger and fries contains enough servings for about three to five people. That’s over one thousand calories per meal! Whenever you have the choice between sizes, which is especially important for beverages, go for the smallest size you can get. Instead of a soda, try water or unsweetened tea.

Watch out for all you can eat buffets as most people try to stuff themselves with more food than they should eat in a day. When you’re in a rush, you tend to overeat. Make sure you can take the time to slowly chew your food so the stomach has time to realize it is being fed. You’ll realize you won’t need to eat as much food as you thought if you do.

Toppings alone could make an entire dish deemed unhealthy. Take salad for example, ranch dressing and bacon bits makes this healthy dish into one you should avoid. Sandwiches are a huge target for unhealthy extras such as mayonnaise and cheeses as well. Try and eat these foods at the most basic level you can get them at as this is when it is the healthiest.

It is best to research into what you’ll be consuming before your next visit to a fast food restaurant. There are detailed menus at these places upon request or you could always look online before going. Be sure to find a website that compares the difference in calories and fats between the major fast food chains. Most fast food chains now have smartphone applications which will show the menu with all of the nutritional information you will need to know.

How To Eat Clean at Fast Food Places

  • Order Grilled Chicken
  • Dump the bun
  • Salad with no cheese or dressing
  • Drink water (any beverage with no calories is ok)
  • Nothing fried – baked potato instead of fries
  • No chips (sorry)

Now that you know how to research and what to avoid, all that’s left is for you to make the healthiest choice. Of course, every once in a blue moon you can treat yourself with an unhealthy meal, but remember that you’ll have to workout harder later just to burn it off. Once a month is the most you should eat these kinds of foods, any more that that will not be worth it in the long-run. Remember, when you do eat fast food go for a grilled sandwich or low-calorie wrap instead of greasy foods like cheese-stuffed potatoes or fries.

Fast food chains may advertise their food as healthy, but nothing compares to home-made meal. Meals made with fresh ingredients bought from the store will always be much healthier than any meal purchased from a fast food restaurant. Fast food should never be eaten, though if you must, choose wisely. Eating fast food doesn’t have to kill your diet for the day, you just need to make the right choices.

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Snacking for Weight Loss: 7 Tips

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Turkey jerky, my personal favorite easy snack

If you’re looking to lose weight, then you may know snacking is one of the best ways to keep your metabolic rate high throughout the day. Although it can be good for you, too much of a good thing can have its consequences. Excessive snacking will not only add extra pounds to your stomach, but can completely ruin your weight loss results thus far.
Below are six pieces of advice to keep in mind when it comes to snacking.

Tip #1: Stay Clear of Low Calorie Snack Packs

Stores are loaded with this type misleading snack. Companies will package up foods such as chips, crackers, and cookies, and then slap an “Only 100 Calories” statement on the box. While it may seem healthy due to the low amount of calories, it’s still unhealthy and has no nutrition value whatsoever. Usually they will contain a lot of sugar as well.

Tip #2: Avoid the Refined Sugar

Sugar is one of the most common reasons people are overweight. It is one of the best ways to gain fat as quickly as possible, so unless you want those extra pounds it is best to be avoided. Fruit is the best alternative to sugar as there many sweet and delicious ones at any grocery store.

Tip #3: Check the Expiration Date

This is one of the best and easiest ways to figure out if a certain snack is unhealthy. If the expiration date on the box or package is years from now, then it is safe to assume that this snack is packed with tons of chemicals to keep it edible for that long. Foods that will go bad in about a week from when you purchase it, such as fruits and vegetables, are the best options to go with.

Tip #4: Note the Calories

Calories are an important factor when deciding if a snack is good for your body. Even if all of the food you have is considered healthy, too many of those calories will cause you to gain weight.

Tip #5: Stop Eating Refined Carbohydrates

Chips, crackers, white rice, and grains are all causes of weight gain in most people. Just about every unhealthy snack contains some form of carbohydrates. You can think of refined carbs as fat itself, as when you consume them its only purpose is to stay in your body until you shed it off with exercise. Avoiding these carbs alone may be all you need to get rid of that extra weight.

Tip #6: Consume More Protein

Healthy fats, such as almonds and chicken, are great snack choices especially before an intense workout. This type of fat will keep your muscles fueled so that they can perform to the best of their ability.

Tip #7: The Healthy Snack List

hard boiled eggs, sliced apple, almond butter
hard boiled eggs, sliced apple, almond butter

If you are having trouble finding a quick and healthy snack to eat, then these foods may give you some good ideas: Kale Chips made from scratch, low sodium jerky, apples topped with almond butter, berries mixed with nuts, and a hard-boiled egg with vegetables.  For me, a tray of sushi from the store is a snack, not a meal.

With the tips above, you should know exactly what to avoid and what types of foods you should be eating. Be sure to exercise as well because diet alone usually doesn’t help. To get started on a fitness program created especially for your body type, give me a call or send an email today.

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