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Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: Day 7

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

Myth: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice and you should not eat them when dieting.

Fact: Fast foods can be part of a healthy weight-loss program with a little bit of know-how.

Tip: Avoid supersized combo meals, or split one with a friend. Sip on water or fat-free milk instead of soda. Choose salads and grilled foods, like a grilled chicken breast sandwich or small hamburger. Try a “fresco” taco (with salsa instead of cheese or sauce) at taco stands. Fried foods, like french fries and fried chicken, are high in fat and calories, so order them only once in a while, order a small portion, or split an order with a friend. Also, use only small amounts of high-fat, high-calorie toppings, like regular mayonnaise, salad dressings, bacon, and cheese.

 

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  1. You’re quite right. Eating the occasional “fast food” can be an acceptable option. But I would caution it for two reasons.

    Firstly, much of what they serve has a lot of added sugar. Even low-fat options.

    Secondly, if someone is in the habit of making unhealthy choices when they go to such an outlet, then it can be hard to break this cycle. Telling them to “make healthy choices” is not easy if they’re used to making poor choices.

    I say this because I was in this situation myself. It was only when I gave up added sugar completely that I could then free myself from the addictive nature of this type of food. Kim*

    http://www.100days100ways.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/fast-food/

  2. Good ideas! 🙂
    My biggest thing right now is drinking plain brewed tea when I want juice or something else that’s high-calorie. (Not a big soda fan, thankfully!) Plain brewed tea is almost calorie-less!
    I found your blog looking through “food” topics on wordpress – I’m following! 🙂

    Bonnie
    http://www.recipeshappen.com

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