Due to the bad reputation of fast food restaurants, many of them have now begun to offer lighter and healthier menu options both for adults and children. However, simply having the option of healthier foods does not always mean that we take them. Fast food restaurants have been blamed for the increase in obesity. This blame should not fall on this type of restaurant as it is the consumer’s choice as to what they eat or what they allow their children to eat. The only way to tackle obesity is through education and the supply of dietary information.
Many of fast food restaurants now offer a wide selection of low-fat salads with light salad dressings and even a choice of fruit as a side option or main meal. They still offer their high-calorie burgers and fries for those of us who still opt to eat the naughty fast food option but for those that are more health conscious, there are now choices that are more tasty than they have ever been in the past.
Many people who travel a lot with their work often do not have the time or the opportunity to cook themselves. Most of the meals they eat are from restaurants and many frequent fast food restaurants far more than is wise due to the fact that the food is served efficiently and sometimes at lower prices than other types of restaurants.
There are some tips that can be followed to help reduce calorie intake when eating at a fast food restaurant whilst still enjoying the foods that they offer.
1) Skip the dressings or opt for a low-calorie vinaigrette but use sparingly.
2) Choose grilled chicken or a veggie burger rather than a full-fat, double burger.
3) Skip the mayo and cheese. This could reduce your calorie intake by up to 100 calories.
4) Eat until you are full rather than eating everything to ensure you get your money worth.
5) Drink water or fruit juices rather than fizzy drinks.
Following these few tips can mean we begin our journey to a healthier diet and a healthier lifestyle. A healthier diet can mean feeling energized and fuller longer rather than feeling lethargic and in need of another meal a couple of hours later.