Let’s be honest: Dieting is difficult. As a culture we have become extremely accustomed to meals on the go. We call this fast food. When you are dieting, fast food seems to be the demon that is pulling you off the wagon. You can find a McDonald’s on almost every block in major cities, along with numerous other fast food venues.
The easy accessibility is what gets us. There are some rules you can follow to help you avoid unnecessary calories. For instance, never drink sodas. Even if they are diet, they are horrible for you. Stick to water, unsweetened tea, or even lemonade. Also don’t get meals. You don’t need the fry or drink. Most places have a dollar menu, which has side salads on it. This is also going to save you money. Here are 5 meals, at five different fast food restaurants that you eat guilt free, feel full, all without sacrificing your diet.
Arby’s: A Light Roast Chicken, or Turkey sandwich has only 260 calories, and it also has 23 grams of protein. This sandwich is rather large, tastes great, and is also very filling. Pair it with a side salad instead of fries, and you are only adding 25 more calories to it.
Burger King: The BK Broiler Chicken Sandwich holds 267 calories and 22 grams of protein. Add on a side salad for only 25 more calories. Also there is a chunky chicken salad on the menu with only 142 calories and 20 grams of protein. If you are craving something sweet, instead of getting a piece of pie or cake from the dessert menu get a vanilla frozen yogurt which only carries 120 calories. This way you are eating well and you still get a treat!
McDonald’s: The best thing to get a McDonald’s is just a regular hamburger. It has 280 calories, and add a side salad, apple dippers, or even a yogurt parfait to go with it. You can even get a kids ice cream cone for 45 calories. So a burger, salad, and ice cream cone all for around 350 calories! That is a great number of calories for any meal, and it is packed with vitamins, protein, and fiber.
Subway: The 6 inch turkey breast has 16 grams of protein and 264 calories. Load it up with as many veggies as you want, just watch it when it comes to the dressing. Try adding some oil and vinegar, or go easy on the spread. Most people blow their healthy meals with dressings. You can also turn your sub into a salad and save TONS of calories, or pair with a piece of fruit, yogurt, or green tea.
Wendy’s: A large chili from Wendy’s has 310 calories. This is great for the winter or when you are craving something salty. As long as you stay away from the fries and baked potatoes you are in the clear. The Jr. Wendy’s burger and also the grilled chicken sandwich are less than 300 calories.