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What to Eat in Fast-Food Restaurants When on a Diet

What to Eat in Fast-Food Restaurants When on a Diet
So you’ve decided to go for a diet. Well, we’ve all been there.

But what about meeting friends and hanging out together when it always ends up in the closest fast food restaurant?

Can you rely on your guts and keep drinking green tea while your friends destroy another dozen of big macs and cheeseburgers?

Or maybe there is no need to fast and hate your friends? Each of the fast food restaurants has something delicious and healthy to offer. We have gathered the most popular choices here for you.


One of the most widespread fast food chains in the world. And one of the most famous too.

Even though McDonald’s is famed as a burger dealer, it has added several healthy meals to the menu. So, if you are on a diet, there are at least two great options for you, namely Egg McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin. For keeping it low-carb, order it without bread. It would provide you with only12 grams of carbs.


Even though KFC is mostly famous with its delicious fried chicken, it is not the best choice to stick to when on a diet.

On the other hand, KFC offers grilled chicken as an alternative which sounds great for both, your health and calories count. It would provide you with approximately 1 gram of carbs per piece of chicken. So you have even got some place reserved for a side dish. Green beans would be great here, by the way.


Submarine is widely known for serving delicious sandwiches. But each typical 'sub' would provide you with 50 grams of carbs per serving, or even more. That is hardly the thing you want when on a diet.

But if you order your 'sub' cooked ‘in a tub’ it would save you up to 40 grams of carbs. Great ending balance. Enjoy!


Mexican fast food restaurant also has something to treat you.

Many people are convinced that this chain of restaurants is the healthiest choice on the market of fast food. All due to the high quality of ingredients used for each dish they serve.

Here you can create your own low-carb meals. For example, a salad with chicken or meat, grilled vegetables and guacamole would be a perfect choice.

Yummy and healthy.

Panera Bread

A lovely cafe-style restaurant with a vast menu of sandwiches, pastries, soups, salads, and coffee.

One of the best choices for people on a diet would be the Power Breakfast Bowl in all its variations. It won’t only keep your weight safe but would fill you up for the whole day.

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings are a great choice, in case you have them without a sauce made from honey and if they are with no breading or batter.

Usually, Buffalo Wings are served with plenty of vegetables, like carrots, celery, etc., which makes them even better for health. The carbs count goes up to 3 grams per serving. Pretty nice, huh?


Arby’s famous for its sandwiches. There is nothing better than a sandwich when you’re on the go.

But, if you’re on the diet, this option, even though being tempting, becomes your foe for a while just because of buns and bread.

Still, Arby’s gonna take care of you even in the toughest times.

They offer an option to ask for a sandwich with no bread or bun. Also, their menu has plenty of healthy options to choose from. Try Smokehouse brisket, steak, ham, chicken, turkey, etc. Each is satisfying.


Another chain of fast food restaurants that serves sandwiches.

Even though their menu is not that full of sandwich alternatives, they still have something to offer. So, once you happen to be there when on a diet, try Double Chicken Chopped Salad with Avocado. It would be 36 grams of carbs only, but what a treat!

Burger King

Burger King won’t amaze you with a vast list of choices. But, if you crave for a burger when on a diet, this restaurant appears to be your savior.

Original Whopper Jr., if ordered with no mayo, would be no harm. Especially with a salad as a side dish.


This fast food offers loads and loads of salads. Still, we’d discourage you from ordering them, as each is fully loaded with a bunch of calories and sugar.

The healthiest option they have in the menu is a Grilled Chicken Wrap, even if it sounds weird to you. It would provide you with only 20 grams of carbs whereas each salad would give you 40 or more.

Final Thoughts

Being on a diet does not necessarily mean you have to isolate yourself from any kind of treat.

Moreover, if you occasionally let yourself eat something unhealthy but maintain a healthy diet in your day-to-day life, it would have a better effect than an occasional short-term diet.

Still, if you decided to go for a particular diet, there is always a way to treat yourself even in fast food restaurants.

Stay healthy and Bon appétit!

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