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Smarter Ways to Eat Fast Food

If you’re young, or simply a person constantly on the go, chances are that fast food is going to be a part of your life.   And although fast food restaurants have received a deserved bad rep for serving fatty, high-calorie and unhealthy food, there are ways to eat smart when eating out on the cheap.   Take a few moments and check out the information below for insider tips on how to eat smarter at fast food restaurants.

Stay Away From Fast Food Super-Sized Meals

Although many of the major chain restaurants have recently dropped all “super sized” meals from their menus, there are still plenty of pitfalls in terms of portion size.   When you are going through a drive-thru, and the attendant pressures you to “make your combo” a large one, don’t be tempted – even if the price seems to be minimal.   The extra calories contained in the larger size can be enough to turn a reasonable meal into a highly unhealthy one.

Watch What You Drink at a Chain Restaurant

Far too many people think that what they eat is all they need to worry about when they head out to McDonald’s or Burger King.   The fact is, ordering a jumbo Coke or other high-sugar soda can be just as bad for you as a Big Mac or a Whopper.   Of course, the best thing to do is simply to order water when you eat out – thus eliminating all concerns about sugar and calories in your choice of beverage.

Watch Out for Fast Food Salads

Salads.  They seem like the healthy alternative in the face of all those deep fried and fatty foods.   But as many people are shocked to learn, the caloric content inside many fast food restaurant salads are as high, or higher, than many burgers.  Nutrition experts advise that you stay away from those salads that use heavy, creamy dressings and lots of cheese.  Stick to simple salads with lighter dressing to keep things light.

Read the Nutritional Information

By law, all fast food restaurants are now required to post nutritional information about all their menu items.  Take the time to read these materials before you order.   Watch out for those items that have high calorie counts, too much sugar or a large percentage of calories that come from fat.

There ARE healthy alternatives at fast food chains – you just have to know where to look for them.

Get Up and Move Around During the Day

If you eat out at a fast food restaurant during the day or in the evening, make sure you find the time to get some exercise.  Even a brief 30-minute walk taken briskly every day is enough to counter-balance many of the effects of a big meal.  The more you get up and move around, the easier it will become and the healthier you will get.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

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