How To Lose Weight On Fast Food

Alright yes, I used a sensationalistic title for this post to get your attention.

Now that you are here let me explain, and please, stick around because everything I am about to tell you is true!

How To Lose Weight On Fast Food

 

The last thing anyone wants to deal with when dieting is having to prepare complicated meals.

Especially if they are not meals they really want to eat.

No one wants to prepare a meal they won’t enjoy.

I have never tried any of the well-known diets such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watches.

Eating microwave meals is not the best way to lose weight no matter who packages them.

Sure you can lose the weight if you are diligent and stick to the plan but will you enjoy it?

Will it really taste great?

The truth is though, microwave meals, no matter who created them, is not going to help you health-wise in the long run.

Fad diets come and go and most can’t be trusted.

Since each of our bodies are different, we all process foods differently too.

Even my own plan here isn’t going to work for everyone in the world.


The most important thing anyone should do before starting any kind of diet is to confer with their doctor. 


What I am going to share with you is simple.

How I lost 30 pounds in 5 months eating “fast food”.

You Can Lose Weight On Fast Food Too!

Alright, so the first thing we have to clear up is when I say Fast Food I do not mean food you get at a drive-through window.

When I say fast food I simply mean food that is wholesome and easy to prepare.

Most of my meals take less than 5 minutes to create!

The next thing we have to understand is that everyone needs a well-rounded diet.

That means protein, dairy, fruits, veggies, and yes, carbs and fats.

Healthy carbs and healthy fats!

They do exist.

Even as a Type 1 Diabetic I need some carbs.


Again, please check with your doctor, I am not a health professional nor do I claim to be one, I don’t even play one on TV. 


Now with those two things under our belts, I also want to say not everyone wants to lose weight.

I have curvy friends who look fantastic and love their bodies as they are, just as they should.

Some of us need to lose weight for our self-esteem and some of us for our health.

You can be curvy and be in perfectly fine health.

I have known super thin people who are unhealthy.

Weight is not always an indication of good health.

However, if you do want to lose some pounds this is a good way to go about it.

At least it was for me.

Let’s Get To How To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

Lose Weight On Fast Food

Step One To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

First, understand what fast food really is.

It’s food that you either do not need to prepare – this is the best kind.

Or food that needs little prep work to enjoy.

My theory is the less prep a food needs – the healthier it is and the faster you will lose weight.

Get Started by tossing out everything that is bad for you.

Yes, get rid of the chips, the cookies, the doughnuts.

Lose Weight On Fast Food

Say goodbye and don’t look back.

Unsubscribe from all those food emails you receive.

Pizza coupons, your favorite place to get a sub, your favorite pasta restaurant, get rid of them.

Also, delete those food apps!

No one needs to be taunted at this time.

Step Two To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

Go to the store with a clear vision in mind.

You are only going to put in the cart foods that need little to no prep.

Nuts, Fruit, Veggies, Pre-Made Salads for work days, whole grain bread, yes you get to eat bread!

Cheese – white cheese is lower in calories as a general rule so think mozzarella, gouda, swiss.

Don’t forget a protein source so you need cage-free, pasture raised, free roaming chicken eggs.

I am a stickler for the well-being of our animal-sourced foods.

Also, I am not kidding when I say, the higher quality the eggs you buy the better the eggs taste!

If you are going to buy meat stay away from pork and do not buy much beef.

I know, there is no bacon in this diet, I am so sorry.

Go for turkey, then chicken, and of course a lot of fish!

Salmon is a great source of protein and does not taste very fishy!

Please always buy wild-caught.

Step Three To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

Keep it simple!

It is not difficult to prepare a salad.

Cook up eggs in advance, they last for days and are good reheated.

Hard boil eggs and eat out of the shell for a healthy snack.

Chop up some veggies for on the go.

Make wraps! 

Lose Weight On Fast Food

Try my roll up recipe and other great fast and healthy recipes made with Vetee Rice.

Or roll up some turkey, white cheese (just a little), and veggies for a delicious lunch or dinner.

Stay away for too many sauces.

I know Iove sauces and spreads too.

Buy light versions and use just a little.

The truth is, once you back away from overuse of sauces, dips, spreads, and dressings, you don’t even miss them!

I also found I was using way too much cheese in my meals.

When you cut back, you actually taste the other foods!

Recommended Foods To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

You do not have to give up dessert!

Whipped cream is very low in fat and calories.

Put some on top of fresh berries for a sweet treat to curb the cravings.

I always buy tons of celery, cucumbers, and pickles.

These help with the need to crunch and munch.

I eat a lot of eggs when dieting so this is a must on my list.

They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways.

Nuts are a wonderful way to get protein and healthy fats.

Be sure to buy a good supply of your favorite fruits.

I always have nectarines and grapes on hand.

Blueberries are a superfood that will help with not only weight-loss but your health overall.

I purchase a mixture of red, green, and yellow bell peppers for movie nights.

I do dip in a light ranch dressing and I dip lightly, no smothering of the veggies.

Wild caught salmon and tuna steaks are two of my favorite sources of protein.


Your list may be far different but try to stay to the three rules:

Wholesome

Healthy

Non-Processed 


My Favorite Meal To Lose Weight On Fast Food:

The reason this is my favorite is that I can have it every night of the week and never get bored of it!

I can mix it up anyway I choose to keep things different each time.

How To Lose Weight On Fast Food

Sorry for the grainy image. I actually took this photo back in 2014.

In fact, you can read the article this image went with My Non-Diet Lifestyle.

You see, truly that is what this is, a non-diet!

It’s just smart and yummy eating!

Oh, and yes indeed I do treat myself to a glass of vino now and then with my meals.

We can’t allow ourselves to feel totally cheated, and treating ourselves is key to success!

Speaking of old grainy images… this was me back in 2010…

How To Lose Weight On Fast Food Me Heavier

Yes, I was blond and yes I was heavier.

This was before I started Fashion Beyond Forty.

Before I realized I was not the person I wanted to be.

Me today: 

How To Lose Weight On Fast Food Me Thinner

This is from my most recent fashion article on Covered Perfectly.

It’s not just about losing weight though, it’s about how you feel!

How To Lose Weight On Fast Food

I know many self-assured, strong, beautiful curvy women who have no desire to lose weight.

They are fit and healthy.

I would bet money on the fact that they are fitter than I am!

I may have lost weight but I still need to work on toning my body and cardio!

I am on the path to that and currently try to get to the gym a few times a week.

Not going to lie, I need to make that mark more often!

I am not preaching that you all need to lose weight.

That is between you and your doctor, and your own feeling of well-being.

I am just providing insight to how I have lost weight and kept it off for many years.

So I Was Able To Lose Weight On Fast Food – Now What?

Well, now I stick to this plan 95% of the time but I am able to go out to eat too.

I am able to “cheat” more often but I keep it real.

I do not gorge on chips and soda.

Nor do I want to anymore!

I now prefer fruits and veggies to junk food.

If I go out to a movie you bet I am having popcorn smothered in that crappy butter.

It sure is good!

But I get right back on track with healthful eating the moment I return home.

To be honest, my body feels it more when I cheat now that I have been eating healthy for a long time.

Before I would gorge on buttered popcorn, come home, and grab another unhealthy snack.

My body didn’t even notice because it was so used to the unhealthy food I was shoveling into it.

After pure eating, my body wants to reject the toxins from processed, sugary, and fat-laden food.

I feel like crap!

Since I do not want to feel this way, I am far less likely to go back to bad eating habits.

Everything is mind over matter in life.

It takes just a few weeks to develop a new habit, be that a positive one or a negative one.

Fast food in my mind is whatever is ready to be eaten as is.

It’s not going up to a drive-through window.

Fast food means healthy food that is easy to prepare.

A healthy taco dinner literally only takes about 10 minutes to make.

The longest part of that is cooking up some meat or veggie meat.

I also cook what I need for that meal only.

Having a ton of leftovers only means more snacking!

I had to get myself out of the idea of cooking for an army. 


Give yourself a few weeks on this “diet” plan to get your body accustomed to it before giving up. 


Please comment or ask questions. I want to hear from you!

What do you think of eating this way? Do you have any recommendations for others?

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24 Comments

  1. October 24, 2017 / 11:12 am

    These are some great tips! I thought you meant the other type of fast food at first, lol. My family loves fresh fruits and veggies so I try to keep them in the house. We eat a lot of boiled eggs for snacks and in salads so we always have some in the fridge.

    • October 24, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Haha sorry about the misleading title but I wanted to get people here because everyone can eat healthy and lose weight if they just rethink about fast food. Sounds like you have great healthy food at your place!

  2. October 24, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    “FAST FOOD” in my mind is hitting the prepared food section of Whole Foods, or these days, really any grocery store!! Hands down the food is 20x healthier than actual fast food restaurants. And there are of course VERY quick and easy recipes that are FAST to make too!!! People just need to expand their horizons when it comes to healthy eating 🙂

    • October 24, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Exactly GiGi! You are right – even the non health food stores have healthy options these days. I remember when I was full on vegetarian and NO stores locally had anything healthy! I had to drive 45 minutes just to shop! I am so glad things have changed!

  3. October 24, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I have to admit that your headline scared me just a bit as we don’t eat at fast food restaurants. I was so pleased as I read on that your “fast” food tips are healthful and tasty. Fast food doesn’t have to be bad, it just has to be fast!!

    • October 24, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Haha sorry about that Sue. Exactly and while I enjoy making a recipe sometimes usually I want my food fast and that’s the thing HEALTHY food is fast!

  4. Tammy
    October 24, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Very good and informative article! Your food platters look yummi!! Great meal ideas. Thanks!!

    • October 24, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Happy to help spread good info to others! Thank you for checking it out!

  5. Melanie
    October 24, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    You really threw me with the title there. I wasn’t quite sure where you were going with this article. But once I read it, it totally made sense. I like shopping at Harris Teeter because they have a lot of things that make eating healthy easy. They do many pre-cut vegetables for those who are time-crunched.

    • October 24, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Haha sorry about that Melaine. It was a bit evil but I really wanted to get people to click on it and realize it’s so easy to eat healthy. We do not have a Harris Teeter around here. Sounds like a wonderful place to shop for healthy choices!!

  6. October 24, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This is a really helpful post. I love learning tips from others that have been successful in losing weight and being healthier with their food choices. Fast food does not have to be processed or at a fast food place. Thank you for the information and inspiration!

    • October 24, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much Censie! Indeed we just need to rethink how we eat. It’s so easy to eat healthy and it takes no time at all to do it.

  7. October 25, 2017 / 6:07 am

    I love this idea of eating better with quick meals you can put together easily. I am going to stick this post in my pocket for safekeeping to use myself. Congrats on the progress you have made for yourself by doing this.

    • October 25, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you so much for finding inspiration in the article! Also thank you so much for the congrats! XOX

  8. Shelley King
    October 25, 2017 / 9:17 am

    This is probably one of the best articles I’ve ever read. It really takes the pressure out of losing weight and feeling overwhelmed. I’ve never really liked any of the fad diet plans and sometimes they make things just too difficult. I also do not Enjoy diet frozen meals. This article can really help people realize it doesn’t have to be Hard. Fantastic read!

    • October 25, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Shelley that is SO kind of you to say! I agree – when we have to measure, buy special frozen meals, and so forth it just becomes too much plus it’s expensive! I really appreciate the heartfelt comment! XOX

  9. October 25, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Oh, I think wraps are a great idea. I am making my shopping list of the foods you’ve suggested. I can’t wait to lose weight on fast food, girl!

    • October 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you Tami it makes me feel good to know it has inspired you!! I love wraps! So easy and tasty!

  10. October 25, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Awww .. hun, so many congratulations on your weight loss! Love the title of your post and the spin you took with it. It’s all so very true. Eating well doesn’t have to be complicated. At our house, I spend Sunday afternoons doing meal prep for the week. That way whenever I’m hungry, I have something healthy at the ready. That little change has helped so much. x

    • October 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you so very much Ali!! Haha yeah it is a sneaky title but worth it if it helps someone out there. You are so right, healthy eating is actually far easier than cooking a million ingredients into something unhealthy. I love that you cook ahead!! I need to do more of that myself!

  11. October 25, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    First of all, congrats on your weight loss and healthy life!! You look amazing!

    I have tried Nutrisystem and lost a significant amount of weight and was very happy. BUT, you have to know how to eat when you are done with Nutrisystem. Your “fast food” options are excellent suggestions and line up with healthy eating guidelines. Perfect as we enter the holiday season.

    • October 26, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much Crystal! That is so sweet of you to say!
      I am so glad to hear that my ideas can carry through once someone is done with a diet program!! That is great news!

      I am also so happy for you that you lost weight on Nutrisystem!! Congratulations!!!

  12. October 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    It can be hard an intimidating sometimes to lose weight. When I think about doing it, it comes down to a balance. There is diet on the one hand. How much am I willing to give up to be healthy. On the other hand, if I am willing to do less on the diet, then I need to keep myself on the exercise end. Balance those both and you will lose weight.

    • October 27, 2017 / 12:27 am

      David you speak the truth! ANY diet or way of eating is better with exercise! I always say we need balance in all things. Thank you – I 100% agree!

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