Losing Fat by eating Fast Food?

  • Kazeai84

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    May 22, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    I'm a time stresed kid, and I don't have the time to make my meals every day. So I typically rely on fast food. Now I'm not overloading it with the supersized fries, and the big mac. I just stick to a taco salad here, a single chicken sandwich there, and nothing over 500 calories per meal. I am just wondering if this is okay? Has anyone lost weight with fast food? I've been checking the nutritional facts with another website, and by eating this way I'm still keeping my fats in the 30% range. Will I be able to lose fat by eating this way, or do I need to make the serious commitment to make my own meals?
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    May 22, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    Wendys SW Taco Salad had 710 calories and 41 grams of fat. I am on Weight Watchers and that's 16 points.
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    May 22, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    "Men's Fitness" reviews the menus of fast food joints and makes recommendations of the allegedly best choices.

    Personally, I tend to substitute protein bars or shakes for meals, when pressed for time. Especially on days with lots of "windshield time." (Way out west, here.) It's, um... almost like food. When we were kids, we tried to make that kind of stuff more interesting by pretending that we were astronauts.

    Cherry harvest is coming up next month - I usually start the day at 0400 by parking a super-jumbo skinny latte in a thermos on the quad, and helping myself to handfuls of cherries right off the trees as I'm driving past them. THAT's fast food.
  • vince_the_cyc...

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    May 22, 2007 8:59 PM GMT
    Even if a fast food meal fits your caloric requirements, it's still not the best food to nourish your body, especially if you keep active. Check out the book "You on a Diet" for some great info on what makes food healthy.

    You're likely to run into unhealthy fats, refined carbs, and not enough protein to build muscle at the fast food places. Sure it's not going to break your diet, but I'd stick with protein bars and smoothies if crunched for time.

    Losing fat and building muscle requires serious commitment and dedication. For me a big part of that dedication is not just spending time at the gym, but planning healthy meals and making lunches and snacks to take to the office every day.
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    May 22, 2007 10:25 PM GMT
    If I had no choice but to eat fast food, I would portion my meals and not finish it at one sitting. The excessive calories would be spread out and drops in blood-sugar would be relatively moderate.
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    May 22, 2007 11:49 PM GMT
    in another post you mention that you eat 1200-1500 calories a day which I find hard to beliee if you are eatting fast food as they said a taco salad is 710 calories a day so you eat two of those and theres y our daily calorie intake. thats just not healthy your body needs nourishment throughout the day
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    May 23, 2007 6:58 AM GMT
    Losing weight is also about a number of other factors. For example, the quality of food you eat can make a big difference in your efforts to shape up.

    Eating a processed meal that is likely high in sodium and very low or devoid of natural vitamins isn't going to help you shed extra pounds.

    Calorically, you may be meeting your goals by keeping a strict eye on those nutritional facts, but I'd really focus on spending a few minutes researching other foods that are quick to prepare and are mobile.

    Chicken is easy to grill once a week and can be thrown on a salad in minutes during the week. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, protein bars are all good mobile snacks. Cans of tuna, yogurt, cottage cheese, and pre-mixed protein shakes are also an option. Incorporate a variety of colorful, healthy foods into your diet. You'll feel better and lose weight faster.
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    May 25, 2007 9:25 AM GMT
    its not the most efficient way or indeed the most healthiest but the same old answer applies if in calorie deficit then you will lose weight.

    Its all down to efficiency and accuratly recording your intake.

    make sure if you do that you use a multi vit. And whats with the 1200 calories a day 1400 is the lowest a man should really go unless you are a dwarf of course for which I appologise