Enjoy Fast Food And Still Lose Weight!

Let’s face it - we all love a bit of fast food and many of us love a lot of it. The problem is that it seems to stay with us no matter how hard we try to get rid of it. Exercise and dieting aren’t always easy or inspiring, especially when you feel you are fighting a losing battle, without actually losing any weight. It’s hard to stay motivated about a new health and fitness regime when you look in the mirror and see your good intentions have gone as pear-shaped as your reflection. Don’t despair! You don’t have to sign up for an eternity at the local gym or deprive yourself of treats for the rest of your life. It is possible to enjoy your favourite, less healthy snacks and still lose weight. Although it will require a bit of dedication, a few easy adjustments should start you on the path to success.


Unfortunately we cannot live on burgers, chips and ice cream without some negative impact on our health. In some cases this can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. No amount of snacking is worth that price, but eating a well-balanced diet means you don’t have to miss out on naughty treats. Try substituting fatty, fast-food meals with a filling, healthier alternative. Variety is the spice of life and so is a good curry. Made with lots of fresh vegetables, decent meat and served with boiled rice, it’s a tastier, healthier option and less fatty as long as you can resist the urge to complement it with a massive garlic naan. If curry isn’t your thing, why not go for pasta instead? There are lots of pasta dishes packed with meats, fish, vegetables and delicious sauces that will be better for you than a plate of burgers and chips and leave you just as satisfied.

Make Your Own

Good ice cream is fattening no matter how you look at it (or eat it.) ‘Skinny’ versions often aren’t as nice and if your friends are tucking into a big tub of Haagen Dazs, choosing the skinny option can feel more like a punishment. Happily, there are healthy alternatives to all fast food and making your own puts you in control. Burgers can be made healthier by using turkey mince instead of lamb or beef. Add plenty of flavouring with stock cubes, spices, low-fat mayo or a punchy home-made salsa. Grilling is better than frying, but you might find your burger has simply disintegrated through the rungs and burnt onto the bottom of the oven. If frying is easier, only use a little oil and when the burgers are cooked, pat them with kitchen towel to remove any excess oil. You can make your own chips but do not even think about getting out that chip pan! Don’t use too many potatoes and keep the skins on for extra flavour and goodness. Cut them in chunky wedges or slice them thinner for more traditional chips, then place in an oven dish and drizzle with oil. Give them a good shake halfway through cooking and pat them dry once cooked. Try other root vegetables for variety, such as parsnips and carrots, or better still, don’t have chips as an accompaniment to other food. Knock up a homemade coleslaw with shredded or finely chopped veg of your choice – terrific with grilled and barbecued meats.

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