In order to get in shape, you’ve got to avoid fast foods at all costs, right? Well, not exactly. Believe it or not, grabbing a fast food meal can actually be one of the ways to lose belly fat and help you get in better shape. Read on to find out how.
The best way to eat to sustain a fitness lifestyle involves eating frequent meals that contain a serving of protein and carbohydrates, while being low in fat. One of the worst things you can do if you are trying to build muscle and lose fat is to skip meals. Not only does this impair your body’s ability to recover from your workout and cut into your energy, it can also lead to over-eating or binging at night.
Sometimes, however, our busy lifestyles make it very difficult to get a scheduled meal in. That’s where fast foods come into the equation.
Fast is not junk
There’s a difference between fast food and junk food. Junk foods are things like cheeseburgers, French fries, cheesecake and anything deep fried. These foods have no quality nutrition and excess amounts of saturated fats, calories and sodium. Not all fast food is junk food though. You can actually get clean foods at places like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.
Using fast food for fitness or as one of your ways to lose belly fat is simply a matter of making the right decisions.
McDonalds: Order a Grilled Chicken Deluxe – without the high fat sauce. Instead add ketchup and extra lettuce and tomatoes. To enhance that feeling of fullness have a water bottle with you and drink about 12 oz with your burger. Slow down while eating your fast food burger. The Grilled Chicken Burger will give you the protein and carbs to replace one of your daily meals.
Taco Bell: Go for a Grilled Chicken Burrito – it’s low in calories, low in fat and contains a serving of protein and carbohydrates. Ask for extra lettuce and tomatoes. You can have all the salsa you want. Stay away from the cheese and sour cream though. If you don’t feel like a Grilled Chicken Burrito, go for a Chicken Soft Taco.
Burger King: Ask for a BK Broiler Chicken – You want the lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and mustard – but not the mayo. You don’t want any of that high fat special BK sauce either.
Wendy’s: Chicken Salad: Wendy’s offer fat free ranch or Italian dressing to go with your salad. Just hold the cheese and breadsticks. Of course, you can also opt for the grilled chicken sandwich.
Subway: Roast Turkey Sub: The six-inch turkey breast sub with pickles, jalapeno peppers, lettuce and tomato is the best choice here. Ask them to hold the mayo and oil. You can top the sandwich off with vinegar and a little salt and pepper.
KFC: Tender Roast White Meat without the skin: Try the tender roast white-meat chicken pieces without skin and a small serving of mashed potatoes and gravy. Make sure to order the chicken without the skin – that’s where most of the fat is.
The big risk when you hita fast food joint, of course, is that you will give in to temptation and splurge on a free for all. You need to think good and hard about whether it’s worth it or not. Remember that it’s just food – you control it, it doesn’t control you. Remember, too, that nothing tastes as good as being in great shape feels!