Some fast food restaurants offer good fruit and vegetable sides, but McDonald's doesn't.
For a few calories, a small fruit cup or side salad can fill you up between meals with fiber and volume.
Use homegrown veggies to supplement fast food if the restaurant doesn't have good sides.
Coffee, milkshakes, and soda have shockingly high calorie counts.
Drink water, soda water, diet soda, or unsweetened tea to avoid adding hundreds of calories to your meal.
Eat grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers open-faced without the top bread. This will conserve calories and grams of carbs that won't fill you up.
Fast food sauces are usually high in sugar and fat and pack empty calories.
To flavor your sandwich, use mustard or low-sugar condiments from home.
Fried foods—including fries—should be avoided. A burger patty has less fat and calories than chicken nuggets or fried fish. Grilled chicken is a lean protein option.