The Straight Diet
Week 6: Fast Food & Healthy Snacking
By now you should know the basics of how to eat healthy meals. Good carbs, healthy fats and lean protein are the
major parts. When you're at home and you know what you put into your food, these objectives are easy to achieve.
When you're out you can only guess what's in your food.
Fast food can derail your diet very quickly. Don't be surprised if just one meal from a fast food restaurant has 1000
calories. Depending on where you go and what your choices are, that number can get even higher.
Calories are just part of what's wrong with fast food. If you were eating 1000 calories of unsaturated fats and complex
carbohydrates, it would be one thing but fast food is usually made up of saturated fat served on a white hamburger bun.
You can't get much worse than that.
Your first goal this week will be to limit your intake of fast food or to make smarter fast food choices. Sometimes there
is no time and you have to choose between being hungry and eating a hamburger. Salads, sandwiches, chicken and fish
always beat out fried foods, hamburgers and sodas.
Another area that can slow your weight loss down is unhealthy snacking. Most people have a few big meals and snacks
in between. These snacks can make or break you in the long run.
Your second goal this week is to eat healthy snacks. Stay away from potato chips,
pretzels and dips and try to eat baked chips, fruits and yogurts. These are lower in
fat and higher in vitamins and minerals (except for the baked chips which are just
lower in fat).
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