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    The Best Fast-Food Meals Under 500 Calories

    By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding - Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, 10:56 am PDT


    How serious can you be when you're talking to a clown? Millions of us face that problem as we approach the drive-thru squawk box—ornamented with those wacky fast-food characters—and go all Goofy with our orders. No wonder so many of us weigh more than we want to.

    Dustin Robinson had exactly that problem. He was a busy guy, so he hit the drive-thru five times a week. The drive-thru hit back, to the tune of 50 extra pounds that Dustin didn't need to be carrying. But when he reached 250 pounds, he used Eat This, Not That! and, armed with the information he needed, started talking to the clown--but this time without speaking nonsense.

    Concentrating on delicious entrees like the ones you'll learn about below, he shed more than 10 pounds a month! Now he's down to 215, and well on his way to his goal of 200 pounds. And he's still eating at the restaurants he loves—he's just eating smarter. To help you do the same, here are some of the recommended Eat This! fast-food meals under 500 calories.

    Less Than 500 Calories at Dunkin' Donuts

    Ham, Egg & Cheese English Muffin Sandwich with English Breakfast Tea
    350 calories
    15 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    1,045 mg sodium

    English muffins have a fraction of the carbohydrates of a bagel, and none of the trans fats of the donuts and croissants. The antioxidant-rich tea is also a great way to begin your day.

    Less Than 500 Calories at Hardee's

    BBQ Chicken Sandwich with a small side of Cole Slaw
    490 calories
    16 g fat (3g saturated fat)
    1,340 mg sodium

    Barbecue sauce and a reasonably-sized side dish keep this meal in the safe zone. Just opt for a water, rather than a Hardee's shake or malt, and you're good to go. And if you want to steer clear of the liquid disasters that can blow up your waistline without your knowing it, be sure to check out some of these other worst beverages in America.

    Less Than 500 Calories at KFC

    3 Crispy Strips with Green Beans and 3" Corn on the Cob, and a Medium Diet Pepsi
    475 calories
    22.5 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    1,200 mg sodium

    Order a side of green beans for a good source of vitamins K, A, and C—key players in maintaining strong bones and reducing cancer-causing free radicals. The corn on the cob will also help fill you up with minimal added calories. Just beware the dipping sauces—choosing BBQ over Ranch can save you over 100 calories.

    Less Than 500 Calories at McDonald's

    Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich with a Side Salad with Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, and a Medium Iced Tea
    480 calories
    13 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
    1,945 mg sodium

    Counting calories doesn't mean your meal is healthy. For example: The Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich matches the Quarter Pounder without cheese when it comes to caloric content—but the chicken has no trans fats, while the burger does. Choose the sandwich and side salad for a good combination of protein and veggies.

    Less Than 500 Calories at Pizza Hut

    Two Slices Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza (12") with Quartered Ham & Pineapple, and Medium Diet Coke
    360 calories
    12 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
    1,110 mg sodium

    Regardless of which pizza chain you favor, ham and pineapple is one of the most trusted combinations you can order. Ham adds extra protein to balance out the crust's carbohydrate load, while pineapple adds low-cal sweetness and a dose of antioxidants.

    Less Than 500 Calories at Taco Bell

    Two Fresco Soft Beef Tacos with Mexican Rice, and a bottle of water
    470 calories
    17 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
    1,760 mg sodium

    Order almost any menu item "fresco" style and the Bell boys will replace cheese and sauces with a chunky tomato salsa, cutting calories and fat by at least 25 percent. Beyond being nutritious, salsa is also cheap—check out our list of the other healthiest cheap foods you can eat. Finally, the Mexican rice adds a tasty little side (just 110 extra calories) that'll help fill you up without filling you out.

    Less Than 500 Calories at Wendy's

    Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich with Mandarin Orange Cup and small Nestea Sweetened Iced Tea
    500 calories
    7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat)
    983 mg sodium

    This is the healthiest sandwich on the menu. Don't order your chicken spicy, though: That's their cue to fry, rather than grill, your bird, tacking on an extra 9.5 fat grams. Adding a small citrus fruit cup side is also a great, low-calorie way to add sweetness—and cold-fighting vitamin C—to your meal.

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    A grilled chicken sandwich is almost always a safe bet.

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    The sodium content of those meals is frightening. They're all bad choices. I'd grab a chicken salad on whole wheat somewhere. Kids eat that stuff and years later
    their arteries are clogged.

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    On those rare occasions that I must eat fast food (long interstate car drives), I buy two McDonald's hamburgers and throw out one of the buns. My two burgers with bun meal runs about 400 calories and is almost perfectly Zone diet balanced so I am satiated for hours afterwards. Which is good because when you are driving for 12 to 16 hours it's otherwise easy to eat shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    On those rare occasions that I must eat fast food (long interstate car drives), I buy two McDonald's hamburgers and throw out one of the buns. My two burgers with bun meal runs about 400 calories and is almost perfectly Zone diet balanced so I am satiated for hours afterwards. Which is good because when you are driving for 12 to 16 hours it's otherwise easy to eat shit.
    Why not get the double hamburger?

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    ^^Makes sense but I'm just following Zone diet guidelines - Barry says two burgers not a double!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    The sodium content of those meals is frightening. They're all bad choices. I'd grab a chicken salad on whole wheat somewhere. Kids eat that stuff and years later
    their arteries are clogged.
    Salt continues to be an issue. The AHA recommendation is 3000 milligrams a day, and we all know most people eat three, four times that. I know I do and I know it's bad.

    What sucks is most food don't need that much salt for flavoring but it's pretty much cooked into so many foods it's frustrating.

    But if that is your one eat out meal, that's not too bad sodium wise if you control your intake in the other stuff you eat.

    Plus take in extra potassium like bananas and yogurt throughout the day. There was a study not too long ago where people who simply increased their potassium intake regardless of their high salt diet, did not damage their blood vessels as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    ^^Makes sense but I'm just following Zone diet guidelines - Barry says two burgers not a double!
    The double has two patties, though I do think there's a 3rd piece of bread in the center. I avoid McDonald's and most other fastfoods altogether, doesn't agree with my belly.

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    I'll have to look into it. I only eat these things when I'm traveling long distances by car. It's not real food to me.

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    what about kid's meals??

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    I love the McDonalds wraps, the grilled ones are tasty and fairly low in calories and fat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    The sodium content of those meals is frightening. They're all bad choices. I'd grab a chicken salad on whole wheat somewhere. Kids eat that stuff and years later
    their arteries are clogged.
    OMFG that is what I was looking at the whole time.
    KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on, let's have lots of drinks.

    Fuck you all, I'm going viral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missjuicy View Post
    what about kid's meals??
    When I'm traveling,I get the hamburger Happy Meal & save the toy for my little neighbor. Just the right size-including the drink!
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    I just take a banana or an apple whenever I go to work or school, better than wasting gas at the drive-thru.

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