9 Better Fast Food Options

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You don't have to trash your diet just because your meal comes in a disposable bag. Most fast-food restaurants now offer healthy items on their menus, and even the ones that don't advertise stay-slim meals will usually prepare them for you anyway. Follow our handy cheat sheet to satisfy your fast-food craving for just a fraction of the fat and calories

Burger King

Ask for a Veggie Whopper (not to be confused with the BK Veggie Burger, which has 400 calories—surprisingly, 160 more than a single hamburger). This includes all the trappings of the Whopper—tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles, and onions on a toasted sesame-seed bun—minus the meat patty.
Save: 240 calories, or get a Whopper Jr. (with meat) and save 330 calories

In-N-Out Burger

Ask for any sandwich "protein style" and it will come wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of on a bun.
Save: 70 calories
Ask them to hold the meat on your cheeseburger so it's just a bun with a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions.
Save: 100 calories

Moe's Southwest Grill

Ask for a burrito "streaker style" and they'll drop the tortilla.
Save: 310 calories

Pizza Hut

Order any pie "fit 'n delicious" style to get half the cheese and extra sauce and veggies.
Save: 400 calories for a personal pie; 100 to 300 calories per slice of a medium pizza

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen

Although the option is no longer on the official menu, some franchises may honor a request for "naked chicken" (grilled chicken breast instead of fried) on sandwiches or in salads.
Save: About 100 calories

Outsmart restaurant menus with these tricks.

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Request that any burrito on the menu "go naked" and it will arrive without the standard four-ounce tortilla. This advice also works for salads that are served in a taco shell.
Save: 300 calories


Order any hot beverage in a "short" size and they'll shrink your drink to an eight-ounce cup.
Save: 140 to 350 calories
Add protein powder to any drink. For 30 calories, you'll add six grams of protein and one gram of fiber.


Order any sandwich as a salad.
Save: Up to 520 calories (depending on the size of the sandwich)

Get more delicious healthy sandwich ideas here!


Ask for a "veggie" burger to get a sandwich sans patty.
Save: 220 calories, or get a junior-size hamburger and save 90 calories