Fast Foods and Fitness

Do you ever wonder how you can manage to get through the busy days without throwing off your otherwise good eating habits? Sometimes it's simply a matter of knowing about alternative food choices. For example, if you zip into a drive - through and get yourself a beef burrito with rice, beans, cheese, and salsa, you've managed to consume 1,120 calories and 35 grams of fat. Substitute that with a chicken soft taco or plain bean burrito and you've spent only 300 calories.

The next time you hanker for a hamburger at 660 calories and 36 grams of fat, consider a veggie burger with low fat mayo for a mere 350 calories and 11 grams of fat and notice how you manage to remain satisfied without sacrificing your waistline.

Do you find yourself starving at the end of the day so you stop in a bar for a beer and some nachos? Nachos with beef, cheese, sour cream and guacamole pack a whopping 1,360 calories and 89 grams of fat (more than an entire day's worth of recommended fat in one sitting!) The beer (or any alcohol) may cause you to throw all caution to the wind, and often that's how the weight piles on so quickly, especially through the summer season.

SUNNY MASSAD, PH.D., comes from a family of women who each weighed over 200 pounds. She enjoys teaching others how eating high fiber, low calorie foods (and that includes snacks, sweets, and restaurant foods) can be a lifestyle that anyone can practice under any circumstances without feeling deprived.