My favorite thing on earth is The Breakthrough.
I love that moment when someone who's lost in a fog suddenly finds their way. That moment when we can look back and say, "That's when it all changed."
Breakthroughs can come in many forms, but there are three that can make an immediate difference:
- Change in our attitude
- Change in our net worth
- Change in how we look
If our attitude changes, everything in the world changes. Everything.
If our net worth increases, then all sorts of good can come of it.
But today we're going to discuss #3. It's hard to overrate how much different life gets when we lose weight, gain muscle, or both. Looking in the mirror becomes fun every day, which makes us happier, which makes us nicer to other people. We have more energy. We carry ourselves better. We get more done.
So how do we do it? How do we get more fit?
The Fitness Video Industrial Complex will tell you the only way to get results is to do their special workout designed by NASA engineers. That's almost entirely untrue. I've been able to lose weight and gain muscle by going for leisurely walks and/or doing body-weight exercises (like push-ups or pull-ups). It really is amazing the progress we can make with very little "working out."
No, the key to looking and feeling different is what we eat. Start a new Super Workout, we might lose weight. But it's also possible we might actually gain weight! If we eat differently, then we're guaranteed to get more fit. If we change our eating pattern permanently, then we're going to be fit permanently.
However, sometimes it gets really hard to eat decently. A hectic schedule, hectic job, or a week at a business convention can leave us with a lot of poor eating options for an extended period of time.
What do we do then?
We make the best of it. We mitigate the damage until we can get back to our healthy routine.
With that in mind, here are ten fast food items that can help us survive if we're stuck in a non-healthy situation.
For comparison, my breakfast routine consists of organic wheat toast, peanut butter, and a cup of coffee each day for breakfast. That breakfast has been really successful for me in losing weight and keeping fit. And that breakfast is 275 calories. A really healthy dinner is about double that. We'll use those as benchmarks.
According to the internet (which never lies), here's a list of 10 "Healthy" Fast Food Choices:
- Egg McMuffin (300 calories); only 25 calories over the benchmark
- Chik-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad (600 calories); hits the mark
- 8 Chik-Fil-A Grilled Nuggets (140 calories); excellent
- Taco Bell Cantina Bowl (560 calories); good
- Taco Bell Chicken Soft Taco (180 calories); lower than I thought
- McDonald's McDouble (390 calories); surprising
- Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese English Muffin (320 calories); not bad
- Starbucks Protein Bistro Box (380 calories); pretty filling
- Starbucks Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap (290 calories); fits the profile
- Subway Roasted Chicken on Multigrain Flatbread (320 calories); good
- Five Guys Cheeseburger & Fries (1,790 calories); maybe steer clear of this option!
It's not easy to eat decently when we're on the run. Sticking to that top ten list can seriously limit the damage. And increase the likelihood of a breakthrough.
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