Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Does Fast Food Have to Mean Fast Weight Gain? What is Award-winning Nutritionist's Answer?

 Fast Food Is the Fast Track to Weight Gain
By Ann Tyndall, Ph.D.
The average person eats 1/3 of their meals away from home and the majority of those meals are fast food meals.  People who eat at fast food restaurants two or more times a week are more likely to
be overweight and insulin resistant, with increased risk of diabetes than those who don’t eat fast food.
Most fast food meals contain 1,000 calories or more for just one meal.  A single fast food meal could contain all the fat and calories that a person should have in a whole day.  Just one super-size drink could have over 1,000 calories and enough sugar to raise blood sugar dangerously high, increasing the risk of developing diabetes.  Choose diet drinks or water instead.
The best way to manage calorie overload at fast food restaurants is to prepare more meals at home but when you must eat on the run, here are some ways to save on calories and fat.
When eating at fast food restaurants, follow these tips:
  Don’t “super-size” and save hundreds of calories.  Order the regular burger instead of the giant sized one. 
  Skip the bacon, mayonnaise, sour cream and other high calorie toppings.
  Order items that are grilled and avoid the fried foods.
  Order a side salad with low-fat dressing along with your meal.
  Ask for extra vegetables on burgers and sandwiches.
  If you order a baked potato, go light on the sour cream, butter and cheese sauce.
  Choose low fat frozen yogurt or ice cream for dessert.
  Visit your favorite fast food restaurant’s website for their nutrition guide.  Notice calorie content and keep in mind that 2,000 calories per day is the upper limit and beyond that, most people will gain weight.

Ann Tyndall is an award winning nutritionist and the author of Prolong the Prime of Your Life: A Simple, Easy-to-Follow Program of Exercise and Nutrition.