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Fast Food!

2 of the ugliest 4 letter words when you’re on a diet…

Trying to lose weight and burn more fat.

Should we say Bad Fat and Good Fat? Because our brains are made of 60% fat…

Debatable… depending on whom you’re talking to…

I digress… Let’s get back to the real problem at hand…

It’s now the middle of the day. Lunchtime… And you’re empty handed.

Hanger (hungry anger) is setting in…

You scold yourself for not prepping your lunch the night before…

As you contemplate your commitment to yourself,

“I’m losing the weight and keeping it off for good this time.”

A couple coworkers are discussing quick and easy. Hesitant, you look at the clock, then back at the momentum being gained, and take action.

Honoring the commitment you’ve made to yourself, you boldly suggest the gluten-free café.

“They take forever!”

is quickly shot back before someone else declares Popeye’s and another coworker says Taco Bell. Finally, the majority settle in on the burger joint.

Stepping into line, there isn’t much to choose from. Certainly there were better options for your waistline than a double cheeseburger, right? At least it isn’t fast food fried chicken…

100% true, but here’s the 5 ways to minimize weight gain from eating at a fast food burger joint.

#1 Go Green

It’s good for the environment… And great for weight loss!

While burger joint salads vary in quality, they do sell them. When you want to reduce highly processed meats, highly refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, and deep fried Trans fat French fries, then salads are your best choice.

It’s possible to get a large chicken salad high in protein, no Trans fat, low saturated fat, and isn’t packed with carbs…

You’ve just likely turned a situation for fat gain into a situation of fat loss… Great job my friend, but we must stay focused for a few more seconds.

Because you could quickly end up with a salad that’s unhealthy as any greasy burger. Fried chicken and salad dressings will do this in a heartbeat.

So… How can you make sure this doesn’t happen and you stay on the wagon?

The Protein Choice

Order grilled chicken, not fried

If you didn’t care about your diet or health, you would have gone to Popeye’s or KFC and just eaten fried chicken. Here’s why you need the grilled chicken to keep the weight off…

No breading

You just took the flour needed for the breading out of the equation.

Meaning you just cut out the carbs…

And that bloated feeling you get after fried chicken…

No Trans Fats

This comes from the fryer shortening and the incredibly high heat…

Shortening+ 400F = Anti-Fat Loss and Health

#2 What If Grilled Chicken Salad Isn’t on the Menu?

Easy. Just order a side salad and a burger…

Put the burger patty on the salad, throw the bun on the floor, and enjoy!

Who am I to tell you where to put useless fat gaining garbage, but you can also use the trash can. Restaurants like it when trash goes there…

If you’re feeling really wild, grab a double bacon cheeseburger to top your side salad. Just Avoid Fried Chicken at all costs.

#3 Salad Dressings

While fried chicken does more damage in the health department than to your waist line, most all dressings are fat gaining time bombs in disguise!

As I outline in my book, ABSolutely Lean Fast Food: The Fat Loss Guide for a Fast Food Life, I usually skip dressings all together. Every restaurant, fast food or sit down, has a wide range of ingredients over a wide range of dressings.

Your best bet is to skip it.

If you’re a super cool, lean kid, you can bring your own homemade salad dressing! Check out how to make your own healthy salad dressing recipe right here…

#4 If The Only Thing Green is Pickles and Lettuce

Pretty much every person who’s ever been on a diet, and in a pinch, living in the US has had to make this decision at least once…

You’re Hangry, there’s people in line behind you, the cashier is waiting for your order…

And you desperately want to minimize fat gain, but the only salad is 2 miles away…

Rely on your trusty ABSolutely Lean Fat Loss Rule…

Whenever you’re not sure about what to order, no matter where you are…

Limit usable carbs the best you can…

Here’s what I do when I’m in that situation.

I order the Triple!

And it only gets better if it comes with bacon…

Who doesn’t love bacon?

I’ll order the triple burger with no ketchup or mayo, just mustard, lettuce, onion, and the cheese. If you like pickles or tomatoes, get it. Skip the special sauces, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

When deciding to go with the triple, double, or single cheeseburger/hamburger, keep in mind how hungry you are and when is the next time you’ll be eating.

If I’m not eating dinner for another 6 or 7 hours, then you can bet your buns that I get the triple. If I’ve got 4 hours till I can eat again, I usually get the single.

If you only need enough to take the edge off and stop that Hanger, get the single, and keep your body in fat burn mode.

Portion control is huge… Literally.

Control your portions so you don’t get huge!

Oh yeah, no matter what, just stick with the burger because

French Fries = Fat Gain

Here’s how I prepare my mountain of meat for consumption…

Step 1: Remove The Bun

Just like if you put the burger patties on your salad, ditch your burger’s handle bars (the bun)

Then decide if it should go on the floor or in the nearest garbage can…

If you’re a ketchup junkie, use as little as possible. It’s loaded with sugar, even though tomatoes aren’t.

Yellow mustard, guacamole, and avocado slices are ABSolutely Lean approved replacements.

Step 2: Enjoy!

#5 Wash It Down With Water or Unsweetened Tea

These are my hydrating, digestive supporting beverages of choice.

They don’t have the chemicals, sweeteners, or empty belly bulging calories that soda does. And…

Diet soda Is The Worst Offender Of Them All!

Regardless of what you believe about the 0 calorie dogma that soda manufacturers have tricked you into believing, diet soda is exponentially worse for your waistline and your health than regular soda!

I’ll cover this in a future post, but suffice it to say…

It deeply pains me when obese individuals order diet soda. They think they’re doing themselves a favor… But they’re actually making their life worse.

No Mo Yo-Yo

Either a burger without the bun and ketchup, a side salad with a burger on top, or a grilled chicken salad, is the only way to occasionally eat at a fast food burger joint without yo-yoing.

Don’t forget to skip the dressings and only wash it down with water or unsweetened tea…

In my book, ABSolutely Lean Fast Food, I outline what to eat at 15 of the top fast food restaurants in the US. You can get the pdf here

No matter where you’re eating, remember the 3 ABSolutely Lean Rules for maximizing fat loss

  1. Save the bigger meals for the evening
  2. Ditch useable carbs during the day and
  3. Stick to protein and fat.

Doing these three things will keep your body burning fat Allll Day!

It’s a war out there when it comes to fat loss. Now you’re armed with the knowledge to make some serious traction in the right direction. One step, one day at a time, we’ll get there together.

Who do you know hitting the drive-thru, eating fast food from time to time?

Do them all a slimming favor and hit those sharing buttons…

Your Partner in the Drive-Thru,
Tanner

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