Fast food, as the name suggests, is quick and easy. It is also manufactured in such a way that it is actually very tasty. However, the reality is that it has almost no nutritional value and that it is full of things that are very bad for our bodies and overall health.
I have been working in the health and fitness industry for quite some time now, and my clients often ask me what to do about fast food. It is a question I asked myself many times as I was losing my weight, and my belief is that fast food is only ok in a real emergency. And if that emergency occurs, you have to make sure that you eat the right things.
How to Eat Fast Food and Stay Healthy
There is very little nutrition in fast food, because of the way it is processed and prepared. You really need to see it as a snack and not an entire meal. Try to change it in such a way that all the really unhealthy things are either completely removed, or at least not smothering your food. For instance, order a salad with the dressing on the side. If you really don’t like salad without a dressing, you can put a little bit on each bite.
Make sure you check the menu properly. Most fast food places have grilled meals and they have chicken on the menu. These lean options are always preferably to any of the other subs or burgers you may find.
Change the menu to suit you, as well. Many fast food restaurants create meals with a side order of fries and a soda or fruit juice. Leave the fries and switch the soda or fruit juice for water. Not only will this make your entire meal a whole lot healthier, it will cost a lot less as well. When you drink water, you also encourage your body to flush out the toxins of the meal you have just consumed.
This is true not just for the burger places. Even if you get a Sub or some sort of sandwich from a deli, you can make changes. Choose turkey instead of red meat, lettuce and tomatoes instead of cheese. Add salad options, do not add salt and other dressings, remove the sauces and lastly opt for wholegrain bread, or better yet a wrap if available. There are always ways to make sure that something that is tasty but unhealthy remains tasty, but is a lot less unhealthy.
You must be realistic, however. Fast food is never good for you. It should be considered only as a last resort option. If, for instance, you are on the road, bring home-cooked snacks and meals with you if possible, rather than having to stop at a roadside diner.
It isn’t about denying yourself everything that isn’t 100% healthy, but it is about making sure you only turn to those things if there is no other option available. Never be afraid to ask for subtle changes either. Even swapping a fried egg for a boiled egg in a diner should not be a problem.