How Changing Your Commute Could Help You Lose Weight (But Not How You Think)

By Elise Phillips Margulis | 26 August 2019 648 views
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Imagine this scenario: It’s finally the end of your work day. You are exhausted and ravenously hungry.

Sound familiar?

According to a new study, if you see the Golden Arches of McDonald’s or Burger King’s hamburger bun logo on your commute home… you are more than likely to swerve into the parking lot!

People who pass a lot of fast food restaurants on their daily commute often have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those who aren’t confronted by the endless temptation.

BMI measures an adult’s body fat using their height and weight. Click here to calculate yours (if you dare).

But who can blame you?! After a long day at work your stomach is growling—plus the smell of French fries! Who wants to start chopping and cooking after a frenetic day at work anyway? You deserve a break today, right?

So what are you to do to avoid those fast food restaurants… and that weight gain?

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Sure, you could completely change your commute route. Or you could exercise extreme willpower and forgo all of them… all of the time.

But you shouldn’t have to change your driving route—and really, it’s quite difficult to entirely avoid roads with fast food restaurants… and their sensual photos of food and the delicious aromas beckoning you. It’s an assault on your weary and starving senses.

Healthier Fast Food Menu Choices

There are actually some healthy meals—or at least lower calorie ones—that you can order at just about all of these fast food restaurants. Choose wisely, and you can avoid being another high BMI commute victim.

Most of the restaurants have nutrition information and calories on their websites so you can look ahead of time to choose your best option.

Here are some of some better food options that won’t leave you feeling guilty, bloated, and terrified to step on your scale.

Healthier Choices At Dunkin’ Donuts 

Sure, those pretty donuts look ridiculously delectable… and the frothy and sugary coffees are divine… but unless it’s your cheat day, you might want to opt for:

  • A Multigrain Bagel
  • Veggie Egg White Sandwich
  • Veggie Egg White Wake Up Wrap
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Dunkin’ Scramble Bowl

Healthier Choices At Burger King

Here are several chicken meals and other entrees that won’t make your BMI skyrocket:

  • MorningStar Veggie Burger (looking yummy with the tomato, lettuce, pickles, and condiments!)
  • Chicken Garden Salad – Choose the least fattening dressing, and be judicious when you add it to your salad. Go for oil and vinegar, or balsamic, and nothing with the word “creamy!”  
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Bun
  • Side salad (if you just need a little something to get you home)
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Healthier Choices At Taco Bell

If you’re in the mood for something Mexican(ish), Taco Bell has some great food to choose from:

  • Veggie Power Menu Bowl 
  • Veggie Power Menu Burrito
  • Bean Burrito
  • Black Beans & Rice
  • Cheesy Bean & Rice
  • Spicy Tostada

Healthier Choices At McDonald’s

Mmm, parfaits and smoothies!

  • Artisan Chicken Sandwich
  • Southwest Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Side Salad
  • Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
  • Smoothies

Healthier Choices At Wendy’s

Wendy’s has some wonderful salads and chicken. I think I gained 10 pounds just by looking at the triple patty cheeseburger photos, though… so don’t even glance at them!

  • Chicken Crispy Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Wrap
  • Berry Burst Chicken
  • Caesar Side Salad
  • Garden Side Salad

Healthier Choices At Panera Bread

Panera has a lot of healthy and tasty items that aren’t terribly fattening:

  • 10 Vegetable Soup 
  • Low-Fat Chicken Soup
  • Baked Potato Soup 
  • Summer Corn Chowder
  • Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad with Chicken
  • Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa
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Healthier Choices At Starbucks

Starbucks has lovely low-calorie bowls, sandwiches, parfaits, and Mercato items:

  • Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken & Cauliflower Tabbouleh
  • Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl
  • Berry Trio Parfait
  • Mango & Coconut Yogurt Bowl
  • Vegan Superberry Acai

Healthier Choices At Subway

Subway’s fresh ingredients are on display. Here are some options that are healthier than the subs:

  • Turkey Breast Wrap
  • Veggie Delite Wrap
  • Turkey Breast Chopped Salad
  • Tuna Chopped Salad
  • Veggie Delight Chopped Salad

Healthier Options At Chipotle

Chipotle has a fancy nutrition calculator with a pie chart of fat, protein, and carb percentages! Try these menu items for a healthier meal:

  • Paleo Bowl
  • Vegan Bowl
  • 3 Vegetable Tacos
  • All of the Salads
  • All of the Burrito Bowls
  • All of the Rice & Beans

Healthier Options At Domino’s Pizza

Don’t think about gooey cheese and your favorite pizza toppings! There are lower calorie foods on the menu that won’t make you feel like you’re bursting out of your pants:

  • 1/2 of a Mediterranean Sandwich
  • 4 Plain Chicken Wings
  • 4 BBQ Chicken Wings 
  • Classic Garden Salad 
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
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Healthier Options At Sonic Drive-In

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  • Grilled Chicken Wrap
  • Veggie Burger (some locations)
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Corn Dog on kids’ menu 
  • Jr. Burger on kids’ menu

As you can see, there are plenty of less fattening options at fast food restaurants. The next time the temptation gets to be just too much… or you head out to lunch with your coworkers… opt for one of these healthier options to avoid packing on the pounds.

How To Avoid Fast Food Altogether… Without Changing Your Commute Route

But you don’t have to give in every time. There are plenty of easy ways to avoid fast food—without depriving yourself.

For example, it’s super easy to bring nuts, fruit, pretzels, popcorn, a fruit bar (Lara Bars are natural), low-calorie chips, or other healthy snacks to eat in your car. Infused or plain water can fill you up during your ride too.

It’s similar to keeping your home pantry and fridge stocked with healthy foods and snacks. When you’re starving and vulnerable, you might be susceptible to grabbing anything in your visual path.

Eating right is about being prepared. It’s like defensive driving!

You will be bombarded by unhealthy choices out in public. If you have something else to snack on, you won’t veer into a haven of fried foods and excessive portions.

There are people whose job—at least 40 hours per week—is to make their food irresistible! They spend hours on photo shoots and then in editing sessions… just to make their food look so delicious that only those with the greatest willpower can forgo their temptations.

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Of course, you can have fast food sometimes. But it’s often simply easier to stay healthy and at a healthy weight if you don’t frequent those restaurants.

Order the healthiest available options when you do stop in… or be armed with your own snacks so you can resist the urge to devour fried and processed delights!

 

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Another Simple Way To Avoid Gaining Weight… And Even Lose More Weight Fast

Like I mentioned…

The most obvious solution to the problem?

Change your commute if at all possible to avoid passing fast food restaurants.

I know—they’re EVERYWHERE!

But if there’s a route that takes an extra couple of minutes where you can’t just turn into the Golden Arches or to visit the Colonel… 

You’ll take that option off the table (literally).

However… if that’s NOT an option…

Then at least start doing these 3 things at night before you go to bed.

They’re 3 easy “non-workout” tips to burn more fat in your sleep… 

And they’ll help “right the ship” if you do happen to give in to temptation.

And one of them is so easy, you can do it with the flick of a wrist or push of a button:

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