Enjoy Fast Food Without Gaining Weight

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With the holidays fast approaching, we speak to a dietician about how to enjoy our favourite fast foods without picking up weight. Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 2.36.35 PM Follow Dietician Wendy Lord’s Tips: Control portion size “Portion control is important for weight control and health. Too much of anything, even something healthy, can ruin a perfectly healthy diet. The average meal should contain about a fist-size portion of starch, a palm-size portion of protein and plenty of vegetables. If, for example, you buy a burger and fries, you may be eating 2 to 4 times more starch, more than double the protein and no vegetables. This is a very unbalanced meal.” Add more veggies Choosing veggies is better than having fries with your meal. Most restaurants do offer a vegetable such as sweet corn, creamed spinach or salad as a side. “The creamed spinach is full of added fat and the butternut usually has a lot of butter and sugar added to it, making it a less than ideal choice. On the plus side, there is more fibre in the meal if you choose the veggies rather than the fries.” Munch on salads                            Going out and having a chicken salad can be the best option for many, but also watch out for the dressing. “Salads are a better option than a burger and fries, but the dressing is full of fat and only a limited amount should be added to the salad.” Don’t fry. Grill instead. Make sure you choose grilled meals as it is healthier. “Frying is quick and easy – exactly what you want in a fast food outlet. However, frying is also the unhealthiest way to cook food due to the amount of extra fat that is added to the food in the cooking process. Foods should be grilled, baked, steamed or boiled rather than fried.”

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