You’re working hard to stick to your new, healthier way of eating but let’s face it, life gets busy. No matter how much you plan or cook ahead, sometimes you just need to grab food quickly. Learn what to order at popular restaurant chains when following the keto, Scandinavian, or high-protein diet.
Balanced and healthy eating is all about learning how to make it work with your busy schedule, not against it. It’s best to prepare meals at home whenever possible, to increase fiber and vitamin intake while saving on calories and processed ingredients (1). But relying on a better fast food or take out option can still work with your plan.
The standard keto diet consists of 70% fat, 20% protein and 10% carbohydrates (2). The very low-carb and high-fat nature of this diet can make it tricky to find options when eating out, but here are keto-friendly picks for some of your favorite restaurants:
El Pollo Loco: They have lots of keto options including the Keto Burrito. Even though it does have a low carb tortilla, it still contains nine net grams of carbs. For even lower carb, try the Original Pollo Bowl with no rice or beans at one gram net carbs.
The Scandinavian diet includes lots of fish, whole grains, leafy greens and fermented foods like yogurt or kefir while decreasing processed foods such as deli meats, chips, cereals and sweets. Options for those popular restaurants include:
The high-protein diet is determined by your personal weight with a recommendation of about one gram of protein per pound (or two gram per kilogram) of body weight. To determine the exact amount to have on this plan, download the Lifesum app. In general, this diet focuses on lots of high quality protein such as eggs, chicken, fish, low-fat dairy products, tofu and beans.
To live healthily and happily while working towards your goals, remember that consistency is key. There may be times when you can’t cook or are fresh out of options at your local restaurants. Just try your best. It’s a nutrition myth that one meal ruins your overall progress and success. Reaching your goal is all about sticking with it in the long term.
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