Saturday, November 8, 2008

The All-American Fast Food Diet

Eat french fries AND lose weight? Yes!

Weight loss guru Jim Karas, author of "Flip the Switch: Discover the Weight-Loss Solution and the Secret to Getting Started," has outlined in Good Housekeeping magazine a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet that consists of nothing but food from McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Boston Market, Wendy's, Arby's, KFC, Dairy Queen, and Subway. That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even those occasional snack attacks.

Here are the basic rules of the All-American Fast Food Diet:
1. You have to make the right food choices at the fast food restaurants. For this to work, you can't eat the Whopper or Big Mac with the super-sized fries and a milk shake.

2. Karas believes that when it comes to shedding pounds the only thing that counts is the almighty calorie--so fat and sodium be damned. (Not all nutritionists would agree with this.) So you have to stick to the calorie counts he sets for each meal, which he calls the 3-4-5 program:

  • Breakfast: 300 calories
  • Lunch: 400 calories
  • Dinner: 500 calories
  • Snacks: 300 calories
  • TOTAL: 1,500 calories
Ask your favorite fast food restaurants for their nutrition guides or check their Web sites for calorie counts of all menu items and then plan accordingly. There are dozens of ways to do this 3-4-5 program so you'll never get into a rut or get bored. Here are just a few examples that Karas researched and published in Good Housekeeping magazine:

Breakfast: 300 calories
McDonald's

Plain English muffin: 150 calories
Two scrambled eggs: 160 calories
Egg McMuffin: 300 calories
Burger King
Croissan'wich with Egg and Cheese (no sausage): 350 calories

Lunch: 400 calories
McDonald's

Chicken McGrill: 400 calories
Burger King
Four Chicken Tenders and small fries: 400 calories total
Wendy's
Large Chili with Cheddar Cheese and Saltine crackers: 395 calories
Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 300 calories
Subway: Any "7 Under 6" sandwich: 230 to 320 calories
Subway's Select Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich: 380 calories
Subway's Select Red Wine Vinaigrette Club Sandwich: 350 calories
No mayonnaise, oil, or cheese!
Taco Bell
Two Soft Tacos with Chicken: 380 calories
Plain Bean Burrito: 370 calories
KFC
Tender Roast Sandwich with sauce: 390 calories
Arby's
Regular Roast Beef sandwich: 350 calories
Light Grilled Chicken sandwich: 280 calories
Boston Market
Marinated Grilled Chicken with New Potatoes: 360 calories
Quarter-Pound Skinless White-Meat Chicken with Butternut Squash: 320 calories
Pizza Hut
Two slices of Thin 'n Crispy Cheese Pizza: 400 calories

Snacks: 300 calories
Wendy's

Baked Potato: 310 calories
Spring Mix salad: 180 calories
McDonald's
Baked Apple Pie: 260 calories
Subway
Cookie: 220 calories
Burger King
Small onion rings: 180 calories
Dairy Queen
Small Vanilla Cone: 230 calories
Small Chocolate Cone: 280 calories

Dinner: 500 calories
McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's:

Plain hamburger, small fries, and a diet drink: 530 calories total
Taco Bell
7-Layer Burrito: 530 calories
Cheese Quesadilla: 490 calories
Arby's
Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich: 480 calories
KFC
Original Recipe Chicken Breast and a serving of mashed potatoes with gravy: 500 calories
Boston Market
Meat Loaf with Potato Salad: 510 calories
Marinated Grilled Chicken Sandwich (no mayo): 470 calories

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