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Towering soft-drinks, greasy burgers, constantly burbling deep-fryers, and questionable food additives are symbols of the American fast-food industry. It might come as a surprise, then, that despite all that, fast food restaurants can actually help you lose weight.
When it comes down to it, weight loss is all about calorie balance. On average, women require 2,000 calories per day to maintain their weight, and 1,500 calories to lose one pound per week. Men, on average, need 2,500 calories per day to maintain their weight, 2,000 to lose a pound per week.
To lose weight eating fast food alone, is difficult — but it is not impossible. It requires some moderate exercise, such as a 30-minute run three to five times a week, and a commitment to a disciplined set of dietary guidelines, which include eating a light, protein-rich breakfast, drinking only water or coffee, and embracing salads, and a caloric intake of between 1,500 and 2,000 per day, depending on sex.
However, a fast-food weight loss plan is not for everyone. Regardless of the calories they might contain, fast food is almost always loaded with sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, and is therefore not recommended for people with hypertension, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
These tips and strategies are for the single person who doesn’t like to (or have time to) cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home.
At its core, fast food is designed to be quick, and convenient, and a great value and these are qualities that make dieting with it easier.
Here’s how you can actually lose weight by eating fast food.