Eating at fast food restaurants should not occur frequently at all when in a serious training and diet regime. However, eating something is always better than eating nothing when considering how the body’s metabolism works. Some individuals simply cannot resist the temptation of fast food restaurants for the reasons of both taste and convenience but there are guides to follow to ensure you don’t overly ruin your progress from training and dieting when eating at such places. If there is absolutely no other alternative to eating at fast food restaurants then you should pay close attention to the tips below on what to avoid when consuming food from these establishments.

  1. Salt – fast food restaurants already place salt on your food in most cases. This is also very high in sodium and contributes to high blood pressure.
  2. Supersized portions – on average fast food restaurants serve their normal sized portions at 1000 calories or more. Don’t add more calories on to this when there is no reason to. Typically, a single serving is usually equivalent to two meals. Why not take half home and split it with a partner? Or replace fries for salad?
  3. Bacon – it’s always very tempting to add bacon for extra flavouring, but the fact is that bacon offers very little nutritional value and is high in saturated fat and calories.
  4. Buffets – avoid these places at all costs! It is more than likely that you will over eat simply to get your money’s worth. If you do eat at a buffet, stick with fresh fruits, salads, lean meats, and steamed vegetables. Resist the temptation to go for seconds or wait 20 minutes or so beforehand to ensure you are still hungry and not just eating for the sake of it.

Kevin Poole: MSc, BSc, Liverpool Personal Trainer