Weigh In To Win: How to eat fast food -- and be good!

Denise finally gets to satisfy her craving for a cheeseburger. Denise says, "I'm eating it very, very slow. I don't want it to end."
Denise finally gets to satisfy her craving for a cheeseburger. Denise says, "I'm eating it very, very slow. I don't want it to end."

The one thing that threatens your efforts when trying to lose weight is having to pass through the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant.

News 11's Melissa Voetsch teams up with our friends at Weight Watchers to show our Weigh In To Win team members how to negotiate the menu without putting on the pounds.

Pulling up to a fast food menu doesn't have to mean pulling away from your diet. Our team members are getting a crash course in ordering off the menus of several different fast food joints without crashing their diets.

Their teacher is Ellie McManus from Weight Watchers. The program allows for stops at the drive thru. McManus says, "When they get there, they don't realize that there are a lot of options."

She suggests picking a couple restaurants and a couple meal ideas at each one. Then use them every time you go there. "You can try a lot of different things and still stay within a reasonable calorie allotment for a meal," says McManus.

For Rodney, the days of supersizing are long gone. "I would get a hamburger -- maybe a double -- with french fries and a diet (soda), believe it or not," he says.

Instead, he and team members Denise and Heather learn that good choices can still include old-time favorites.

Heather and Denise finally gets to satisfy their craving for a cheeseburger. Denise says, "I'm eating it very, very slow. I don't want it to end."

Ellie adds, "She's happy as opposed to avoiding something that she's wanted."

As a mother, Heather knows all too well that her choices affect her whole family. Stops at the drive-thru are unavoidable.

Good choices include a yogurt parfait, a baked potato with chili on top and, of course, salad. Denise adds, "There's other alternatives. I'm going to get the nutrition guide."

Visit our Weigh In To Win page to follow the tram members' progress and to check our 5-minute YMCA work-outs and Weight Watcher recipes.

Posted by LS