Smarter Food Choices
By Jessica VanReenen, M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology. Grand Rapids, MI
As personal trainers we can hold you accountable to coming in and working out and try our best to help you with making the right food choices. But we all know that eating right is where many of our struggles reside. It all boils down and will only work if you have control over what, how, and when you are eating. When talking to clients it seems that the main problem with eating right is not being prepared. A quick slip up and forgetting to pack your lunch may mean that you eat out at McDonald’s instead. Here are some tips to help you avoid bad choices at fast food chains. Another hint is that you can look online at these fast food chains to get nutritional information to find out how many calories you are consuming.
SUBWAY: 6-Inch Tuna Sub: 530 Calories, 31 grams of fat, 1,010 mg of sodium
INSTEAD TRY: 6-inch Double roast beef sub: 360 Calories, 7 g fat, 1,300 mg. sodium
TACO BELL: Baja Beef Chalupa: 410 calories, 27 g fat, 780 mg sodium
INSTEAD TRY: 2 grilled steak soft tacos: 320 Calories, 9 g fat, 1,100 mg sodium
Wendy’s: Roasted Turkey and Swiss Frescata: 1,100 calories, 40 g fat, 1,950 mg sodium
INSTEAD TRY: Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich: 540 Calories, 22 g fat, 1,780 mg sodium with a side salad low fat ranch dressing and iced tea.
Remember to think before you order! Even sit down restaurants have bad options. Remember even though that salad looks healthy the dressing may be loaded with extra calories. Toppings such as sauces can add too many calories that are not needed. So be aware!