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Can you lose fat while eating take-out?

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

It’s 2020.  It’s busy! I don’t need to tell you how busy!  I’m an entrepreneur with my hands in 18 different pots, I have a 15 year old and a 10 year old, a great dane puppy and an ever conflicting schedule!  Sometimes take-out wins! It’s convenient and Jesus Murphy, convenience wins when I haven’t pre-planned!

I’ve always been aware of the nutritional information at fast food restaurants because my daughter was (mis)diagnosed with celiac disease at 2 years old.  I began reading every single label. I’d research a restaurant before ever stepping foot inside of it. Then when she was 6, 2 years into my fitness journey, I decided to compete in a bodybuilding competition and of course had to scour those websites to see if there was anything I could actually eat!   Fast forward and baby girl is 10, mama has achieved balance (for the most part, it’s a work in progress) and I now have an internal rotary of fast food choices that fit towards my goals!

I could go on and on, but I’m going to stick with my Top 3 for now.  If you’d like to hear more of my favoutires, leave me a comment below and I’ll make this a topic for a future blog post!

Tim Hortons - Turkey Melt

(modification - no mayo)

Calories - 510

Protein - 41g (WOW!!!!!)

Carbs 42g (4g Fiber)

Fats - 21g

The nutritional info above is for the sandwich without the modification, but I always get no mayo.  It’s not that I don’t like mayo, it’s just that most mayonnaise is around 100 calories of fat. There’s nothing wrong with the number of calories or the amount of fat, I am just indifferent to mayo, so I figure I may as well save the calories for later.  Because there is cheese on both the inside and the outside of this sandwich, it’s still moist and gooey without the sauce. Try this one, I’m sure you’ll love it!

Chopped Leaf - Chicken Bangkok Wrap

(modification - add prawns)

Calories - 778 + 110 (prawns)

Protein - 43.2g + 20g (see why I get the extra protein!)

Carbs - 91.5g (9.6g fiber) + 1g

Fats - 26.9g + 1g

See why I get extra prawns!  For only 110 calories, you get an additional 20g of protein!  Only 1g of Carbs and Fats for that add on as well. This wrap is HUGE (check out my video, I show the wrap after I had already dug into a third of it).  Sometimes I eat it in 2 meals. I love that there are peanuts on this wrap and the sauce is incredible. You definitely don’t feel deprived eating this, yet it is also so fresh, you feel like you’re eating “clean”

Mucho Burrito - Chicken & Steak Burrito

Calories - 1081

Protein - 65.2g (WOW!)

Carbs - 116.9g (11.2g fiber)

Fats - 41.9g

I clearly didn’t hold back with this bad boy!  Look at those calories! At the time of writing this, that’s a little less than half of my day’s calories all in one meal.  It’s also a little less than half of my protein and fiber though, which makes planning the rest of the day a lot easier. I still had cheese and burrito sauce on this bad boy too.  Had I been trying to save calories, I would have omitted these two to save me a significant amount of calories. I plan for burritos though, so I definitely want to make it to my taste when I have one!  The great thing about burritos is that I can make them fit whether I am trying to build muscle or burn fat with the choices of toppings that I make! They can always be high in protein and fiber thanks to the meat and beans.

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