5 Ways to Make Fast Food Healthier

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Reduce the amount of fast food you eat for a healthier life!

It's a well-known fact that fast food is generally unhealthy, so if you want to start living a healthier lifestyle and eating a better diet, how do you manage without the extra time needed to make home-cooked food each day? Here are five ways you can make food fast healthier and make better choices.

1. Go vegetarian
Because of all the processed meat which is being circulated today, going vegetarian is a quick and easy way to choose a healthier option every time. Even fast food chains such as McDonald's have vegetarian burgers, and as well as being less calories than other types of burgers, they don't contain as much badness either. Or go with a salad topped with grilled chicken. That is one of my favorites!

2. Go without sauce
When you eat fast food, a lot of the sugar, calories and unhealthy features come from the sauce they use. If you ask for your food without sauce, or at least order it on the side so you can use as little as you want, you'll be making a healthier option straight away. You can either swap the sauce to a healthier one, bring your own along or just get used to eating without it.

3. Skip the sides
You don't always need to get sides with your fast food, and many of us order sides such as fries out of habit or because it comes as part of a deal. In most cases, we wouldn't be hungry any more after just eating the main part of the meal, so there's really no need to add on the extras just because it's a deal or a habit. Oh ... in most cases, you don't need to "super-size" it either as that is just more of the same unhealthy food that is not good for you.

4. Don't use as much salt
If you're ordering fries which already come with salt, ask them to make them without salt. Too much salt adds to an increase in blood pressure, which can result in a variety of health issues, such as strokes and heart attacks. If you ask for your food without salt, the staff will usually have to make it fresh, which means you'll get better-tasting food too.

5. Go for the smaller option
If you normally order a large meal, choose a medium one instead. Most of the time, the medium sized meals aren't much smaller than the large ones anyway, and the drinks especially can often fit into the same sized cup. Not only will you reduce the amount of calories and salt that you're consuming, but you'll save plenty of money over the course of the month too.

Eating More to Lose Weight

Healthy Meal
Sample of a Healthy Meal

Many people would be shocked to realize that eating more frequently is actually one of the greatest and most effective ways to lose weight.

When we are stuck in a routine where we only eat food once or twice a day, our bodies begin to feel starved and they slow down the metabolism. That makes it far more difficult for us to burn calories and lose fat.

But when we are not following a structured routine that gives our bodies predictable sources of nutrients, they have a tendency to try to hold on to the little nourishment they receive in order to keep us alive ... called the Starvation Mode.

Not only that, but eating regularly is beneficial to the metabolism. It keeps it fired up and ready to burn off any of the excessive fat we may have stored in our bodies. It is very important that we never skip eating breakfast, because breakfast truly is one of the most important meals of the day. Yes ... your Mom was right!

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It is what kick starts our metabolism and provides us with the energy that we need to make it through the rest of the day. And everything we eat has a consequence, so avoiding sugary foods like cereals and granola bars is probably the most beneficial, especially if weight loss is your ultimate goal. Continue reading "Eating More to Lose Weight"

Diet Soda: Is it a Healthier Option?

You’ve probably seen this scenario more times than you can count. A person eating a big meal but right next to them is a diet soda. They equate diet soda as being a healthier option compared to a regular soda.

While it is true that diet soda usually contains no sugar, thus making it lower in calories, at the same time it is loaded with artificial sweeteners that are just as bad if not worse for you. Just think aspartame, saccharine and sucralose and you will know just what is floating in that can of diet soda.

Here are some of the side effects diet soda drinkers are at a high risk for:
1) Causes Depression
Research has shown a correlation between depression and diet soda consumption. People who consume diet soda on a regular basis were found to be 30% more likely to experience depressive symptoms.

2) Increases Risk of Type II Diabetes
A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that individuals who drank one diet soda a day had a 36% increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome (a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and glucose levels, and a larger waist size) and diabetes.

3) Obesity and Weight Gain
Diet soda has less calories and sugar so you would think it would help keep weight gain away, right? Wrong! Studies have found a link between weight gain and drinking diet soda. Researchers have also concluded that the artificial sweeteners in diets soda may contribute to the development of Type II diabetes.

Despite containing fewer calories, diet soda is not a healthier alternative. To stay as fit and healthy as possible, avoid drinking soda completely. There is no place for it in a healthy lifestyle.

Twelve Foods You Should Never Eat for Breakfast

pancakes We’ve all heard it before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This meal will set the tone for the rest of your day, so you want to do it right. Would you be surprised to hear that you have most likely been doing it wrong all along?

That’s right - the types of food you most likely think of when you think of breakfast are probably the last things you want to eat for breakfast. You need food rich in vitamins to get your day started right, not food that is going to weigh you down.

Sure, you’re starving in the morning. It’s natural to want to go for that quick refill, but while this food might fill you up, it most certainly does not charge you and get you ready to take on the day. So here are twelve foods you’ll want to think twice about when you wake up in the morning.

Twelve Foods Not to Eat for Breakfast

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