Incredibly most Americans buy from a fast food restaurant at least once a week and last figures suggest there are more than 82,000 fast food establishments. Wherever you are in the Western world a similar statistic is our reality. Industry research even shows an astonishing 86 per cent of meals taken home from restaurants are fast-food.
What is the result of all of this? Well, with supersize sodas and fries, many high breakfast breakfast choices, and overall poor choices, our waistlines have grown and our cholesterol levels continue to increase at alarming levels. However it is good to see some popular establishments such as McDonalds and Burger King world wide produce many more healthy eating choices.
Here is a list of easy ways to make healthier, better choices while at out fast food restaurants so you do not punish your waist line.
Tip1: Buy some kind of fruit and / or vegetable with every fast-food meal.
Best way to do this is to make salads part of your buying experience. Soon all fast food places will have this option so why not put lettuce, tomato, zucchini etc etc a staple part of all these meals. Especially easy to do this when purchasing burritos, tacos or sandwiches, for example.
Tip 2: Every Time Say "No" to the Sauces
Most sauces on offer are overflowing in calories and fat and are shocking for our waist lines. So just learn to say NO.
Best options for chicken, fish or burgers are olive oil and vinegar (in moderation), or consider mustard which has heaps of flavor and no calories. Or how about hot sauces or rep pepper spreads. Even ketchup is OK as it has no fat but a fair amount of sweetener. Worse possible choices are mayonnaise or butter.
Tip 3: Just ask for extra episodes, tomato and lettuce wherever you can
Imagine if every sandwich you choose you make it healthy by adding in these 3 classics. It helps give you close to your daily vegetable intake and these three together are yummy in virtually every sandwich. Of course say no to mayonnaise, cheese and any other sauce at the same time.
Tip 4: A kid's meal just might be enough for us adults
Many times I have chosen a kids meal and it was perfectly adequate in size and nourishment for my adult needs. Sure this might not always be the case with all fast food restaurants but it is worth considering where practical.
Tip 5: Say no to cheese as you do not really need it do you?
The average cheese is 50 calories, 40 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. But you know what? You do not really need this. A plain hamburger without cheese is usually just as nice and saves your waist line from punishment.
Imagine making these simple changes to your life and consistently utilizing the power of better food choices. Long term make better health a part of your daily routine.