Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fast food fix

Have you ever said this to yourself? "I ate a supersize fast-food meal".

I'm sure every now and then you've said this. So what? once in a while is not such a big deal, you can indulge yourself by eating your fave fast food meal. The problem arises when you're eating fast-food meal waaaay too many times. So, what would you do then? A 15-year study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota showed that people who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than participants who had it less than once a week and a higher risk of diabetes. Here's what you can do according to one source.

Fast Fix: Savor your indulgence. “Splurges do happen,” says Dr. Harlan. “For some of us, it’s fast food; for others, it’s a big chocolate bar.” The trick is to focus on each and every bite — this is a treat, one you won’t be having tomorrow, so take the time to really enjoy it.
Next Time: Order low-cal. If you must hit the drive-through, choose foods that won’t do major diet damage. At Burger King, for example, choose the Whopper Jr. (290 calories with no mayo) instead of the regular Whopper (670 calories). And always skip the fries: A small bag at McDonald’s clocks in at 250 calories, about half of which is fat. Instead, order the side salad (20 calories) with a packet of Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette (40 calories). “The day after your severe restriction, you’ll be eating everything, including the paint off the walls.”

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