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02/17/2017 at 12:01 | Posted by Phil Harris
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If you’re dieting, you probably have to fight the urge to grab that quick, convenient lunch at the drive-thru. It would undo all of your hard work and discipline since the holidays! Fast food has never been known to be compatible with a healthy eating plan, especially when the average fast food meal for an adult contains 836 calories. But, believe it or not, there are actually some ways to have your burger and eat it too.

Now that fast food restaurants are required by law to publicly disclose the nutritional data of their menu items, it’s easier to make better food choices. When it comes to burgers, opting for smaller servings and skipping certain add-ons like bacon, mayonnaise, or “secret sauce” can keep the calorie count down and your diet on track. Instead, go with lower-calorie toppings like mustard, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and peppers. Here are four examples:

Burger King – BK Whopper Jr.

240 calories

13 grams of protein

Five Guys – Bunless Little Hamburger

220 calories

16 grams of protein

McDonald’s – Original Hamburger / Cheeseburger

250 / 300 calories

12 / 15 grams of protein

Wendy’s – Junior Hamburger / Cheeseburger

250 / 280 calories

14 / 16 grams of protein

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