The fast food diet -


The healthy fast food diet

When you think of fast food, Big Macs and Whopper sandwiches may no longer be the first things that comes to mind. The food chains are now selling salad, smoothies, and fruit parfaits.

In the last five years, healthier options at fast food restaurants have increased about seven percent. Can you eat low calorie fast food everyday and lose weight and stay healthy? We decided to test it out.

Becky Dansby agreed to give it a try. She is a 43-year-old mother of nine and thought it would be a lot of fun.

Before sending Becky to the drive-through we sent her to the doctor for a health check. We tested her heart rate, cholesterol, blood pressure, and more including her weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat, and measurements to see if there would be any changes, good or bad, within a month. Becky started out weighing 175 lbs and had high hopes for this diet.

With that goal in mind, we began. Becky could only eat fast food, five days a week, with the choice of three restaurants - McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. She was encouraged to order from their healthy menus, limiting her calories to 400-500 per meal or 1,200 to 1,500 per day.

With the help of McDonald's and Wendy's apps, Becky got the hang of it. At Wendy's, she saved calories by changing her pretzel club chicken sandwich from fried to grilled and taking off one slice of cheese.

As far as choices, Becky says McDonald's has the most to offer. She found their app to be especially helpful because it allows you to modify items and reduce calories.

At the end of the 30 day diet, it's time for the final weigh-in and health check. Becky kept a log of what she ate each day and says for the most part she stuck to the plan by eating mostly yogurt parfaits, chicken wraps, and salads. Did she lose any weight?

The doctor's report is in. A loss of a little less than a pound, her body fat also went down slightly and she lost an inch overall. Positive changes for sure, but not what she was hoping for.

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