I usually let myself have whatever what I want, within reason. I just build my calories for the rest of the day around what I'm craving. Like when I crave Qdoba (or Chipotle) I get a naked burrito (without the tortilla), no sour cream or cheese, and it's 500-600 calories. Then I eat lighter the rest of the day. That keeps me from feeling deprived of what I really want. Like other people have said, I tend to stick to places that I can easily look up calorie counts. Also, at fast food places, only get what you really want. I would skip the combo meals unless you really want fries. I'm usually not a big fan of fries, but I know I would eat them if I ordered them.
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1,049 11/2/12 2:53 A
I still eat what I always ate at BK & Mickey D's...Double cheeseburger, small fry, medium diet coke...Only adds up to 600ish calories at both places. Not bad at all for fast food. It's one of the treats I let myself have.
Look for grilled chicken. Take off the top bun and eat as an open sandwich. You can skip the mayo, but I never do coz a burger without mayo is not a burger in my eyes. A salad with no dressing, bacon bits, croutons, etc won't take too many calories and will fill you up.
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2,171 11/2/12 12:00 A
I often order off the kid's menu (love me some happy meals), or if they have one, a value menu. The value menu sizes are pretty small so the calories aren't bad.
Also as the other poster suggested, study up ahead of time so you have an idea of what to order before you get there.
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3,348 11/1/12 10:52 P
Some night when you don't have anything to do take a few to look at various fast food restaurants online nutrition info. From there, compile meals that will fit within your calorie budget. Then write them down or make a grouping on your meal tracker.
For example, every time we go to Wendy's I get 1/2 a baja salad w/ no dressing. McDonalds is a southwest chicken salad w/ no dressing
and so on...
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102 11/1/12 10:24 P
If you know what fast food restaurants you could end up at you can try to check their nutrition info online ahead of time, I've found most of the big chains have info that is easy to find but some sites are better than others. On some of them you can pick a menu item then remove ingredients and get a calorie count you can work into your plan. I go to McD's and order a McDouble with only cheese and I don't eat the bread. They have a good side salad and I use 1/2 of the balsamic vinaigrette packet. If I haven't checked online, I look for things like grilled chicken, salad (with as few toppings as possible), fruit or yogurt. Chick-fil-A has grilled nuggets that are good, I hadn't seen them on the menu but they are shown on the kids meal, so I just order the regular size and ask for them grilled. Some places I'll order my sandwich without bread and add extra lettuce. It may take a bit of thought and research but it can be done.
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