Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fast Food Tips

I was on the road again this past weekend, and that always gets me to thinking about the eating choices at fast food restaurants. We all know that fast food can torpedo a daily calorie count faster than just about anything, but it is possible to make some choices that don't involve consuming your entire daily calorie allowance in one meal. Luckily, most fast food restaurants have their nutritional information available online, and they're often included in calorie count books you can keep in your purse or the glove compartment of your car. If you keep your calorie counts lower for the other meals in your day, you can consume some fast food for one -- whether by choice or necessity. I have to admit sometimes I crave specific fast foods like Chicken McNuggets. No, it's not haute cuisine, but I like what I like.

I saw an article today that mentioned how fast food restaurants in New York are now not only making the nutritional info available online but also displaying it prominently in their restaurants -- very handy for customers trying to make the best decision possible. This article, which can be read by clicking here, also includes some tips for making better fast food decisions.


After a weekend at a writers retreat where I was speaking, I was afraid the scales would reveal a weight gain today. But it didn't! Awesome. I really need to increase the exercise though because I've hit my first plateau. I'm sitting at the 12 pounds lost mark, and I've been here for awhile. I want to hit the next milestone of 15.


Theresa Ragan on October 27, 2009 at 7:44 AM said...

Hi Trish, glad you're back home safe and sound.
I've heard that a good choice at taco bell is are the soft chicken tacos. What would you choose if you were at Carl's Jr. or Burger King?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on October 27, 2009 at 8:48 AM said...

Theresa, as you might imagine, it takes some detective work to figure out what to get at any of these places, but here are some options:

Burger King:

Plain hamburger -- 290 calories
Whopper Jr. (no cheese) -- 370
Garden Salad with TenderGrill Chicken -- 220

Carl's Jr.:

Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich -- 360 calories
6-piece Chicken Stars -- 260
Charbroiled Chicken Salad (no dressing) -- 260

I got this info from the calorie guide I keep in my purse, The Calorie King Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. It includes partial nutritional charts for 200 fast food chains and restaurants.

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