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Eating fast foods the healthy way
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Thursday, 15 May 2008
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Fast foods are generally very high in calories, and it would not be hard to eat over 1000 calories in one sitting.  This would be over half most people's daily calorie requirements! 

Some good things to keep in mind when eating fast foods is:

  • Try to substitute fries with salad.  A large serving of fries at McDonalds has over 450 calories (ouch!)
  • Drink water instead of soft drinks.  A bottle of coke has 260 calories!
  • Watch your portions sizes.  Try not to have the upsize meal.  
  • Eat slowly.  Fast foods in particular are full of sugar and very easy to eat quickly.  It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the brain to register that the body is full, which is enough time to significantly overeat.  
  • Try having a big drink of water before starting, making you feel fuller and less likely to overeat.  
  • Grilled instead of fried meat.  

 There are still healthy fast food choices available.  Most fast food restaurants will provide nutritional information on their meals, which can help guide you to the best alternative. Below are some of the healthier options:

  • Pasta with tomato based sauce
  • Vegetable stir fry and plain rice
  • Grilled fish
  • Sushi
  • Grilled chicken sandwich
  • 6 inch low fat sub
  • Tabouli salad with lean meat
  • Vietnamese prawn and vegetable curry
  • Veggie burger

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