Use Fast Food to Your Advantage
Fast food is easy, and as long as you can resist the tactics they use to encourage you to overeat, such as meal deals, super-sizing and two-for-one offers. It's advantages can help you to eat better. You can practice portion control--choose small, regular, junior or single sizes. You can walk in, order and eat. No delayed meals or waiting at the table for food. You can make special requests to avoid hidden calories such as mayonnaise and "special sauces". You can split and share with no extra charges.
No hard-to-resist high-calorie "appetizers" greet you at the table. Dessert is not a focal point of the menu.
Nutrition information is available.
Avoid the Fast Food Disadvantages
The "more food for less money" pitch encourages overeating
Large, extra large, big, jumbo, and double portions are the norm. High fat ingredients are plentiful? Cheese, fried chicken or fish, bacon, French fries, mayonnaise, and "special sauces" (which are usually made from mayonnaise). Vegetables can be difficult to find, aside from small salads, a few leafs of lettuce on a sandwich or, worst, vegetables that are fried, such as potatoes or onion rings. Fruit is not present other than as orange juice or between the crusts of baked or fried pies. You can reach your daily sodium intake (2,400 milligrams) in just one meal. And that's without any additional table salt.
Fast foods are easily obtained and plentiful, and usually inexpensive with 99-cent meals being widely available. But they are very unhealthy with high amounts of calories, saturated fats, and salt. They are also lacking in needed food groups like vegetables and fruits. They may also lack necessary vitamins. Pizza is probably the most 'healthy' fast food in that it has several food groups represented.
Some Drawbacks to Fast Food
it is relatively expensive
it can be unhealthy, with too much fat and salt
it can mean families spend less and less time together
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