Dieting For The Fast Food Lifestyle

Yes, it is possible to diet in the fast paced fast food world.

As much as I try to prepare food in advance, unfortunately, with my profession, it’s not always possible to take food with you.

While there are small restaurants sprinkled everywhere, the options that are most convenient are still fast food.

However, there are fast food options that are available which can still fit within a healthier lifestyle.

In general:

  • Choose items that are grilled or roasted, not fried.
  • Choose items that are lower in fat, and higher in protein and fiber.
  • Go green, choose healthier side dishes, like a side salad, or fruit. Be easy with dressings or add-ons.
  • Choose smaller portions.
  • Watch your sodium intake. You can ask for your food to be free of extra salt, condiments, dressings or seasonings.
  • Watch what you drink. There are about 150 calories per 12 ounces of soft-drinks. With a large soda, you could be easily get up to almost 450 calories.

And most fast food places have made it really easy to find nutritional information for their products.

So I’ve compiled a list of the most recent nutritional information currently available.

Keep in mind that product offerings can frequently change. Sometimes when they do, companies will change the location of file name of the nutritional information documents.

Please feel free to send a message, via the contact form, if you notice that any of these are no longer working, and I can update this listing.

Joseph Alex Martin is a Copeland Center-certified Mental Health Recovery including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Advanced Level Co-Facilitator. Joseph began utilizing his own WRAP in 2008 following his certification as a Peer Support Specialist. Joseph was a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Pennsylvania for 9 1/2 years, and is now living in New Jersey and working in New York. In his role as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Joseph supports the recovery of his peers in their plans to take action to recover wellness in their lives.