Fast Food Can Be Healthy

We've all been there-driving down the road and completely hungry. What else can we do but stop at a local fast food chain. But the truth is that there are healthier alternatives that are just as fast as some of the greasier joints. Health Magazine has named the top ten healthiest fast food restaurants in the United States. So, next time you find yourself needing to pull somewhere to get a quick bite to eat, consider some of these health-conscious establishments.

1. Panera Bread: With over 1,200 locations across the United States, Panera Bread is a great alternative. One reason that Panera Bread is ranked number one is because of the many healthy options and substitutes available. You can choose wheat or grain bread for your sandwich and replace your normal chips with a juicy apple. Eating healthy has never been so easy. They even have options for half-size salads, sandwiches, and soups. Panera Bread goes the extra mile to help you ensure that you don't overeat.

2. Jason's Deli: Proud of their organic selections, Jason's Deli is ranked at the second spot. Just like Panera Bread, Jason's Deli offers smaller portions, healthy breads, and other healthy, organic ingredients that make for a mouth-watering meal.

3. Au Bon Pain: Specializing in sandwiches, soups, and salads, Au Bon Pain is very similar to the first two spots. But, Au Bon Pain serves hormone-free chicken for all health-conscious eaters. Au Bon Pain also has computer kiosks with full fat content, calories, and sodium levels for each meal. This helps the patron make smart decisions before they even order.

4. Noodles and Company: When you think of pasta, you probably don't think of a great, healthy choice when eating out. Well, that thinking is no longer valid because Noodles and Company offers whole-grain noodles and smaller portion sizes.

5. Corner Bakery Café: Health Magazine raves about their breakfast menu. They have an all-egg-whites option which puts a jam-packed omelet about 260 calories. Also, all their meats are lean, fresh, and healthy.

6. Chipotle: Its best feature could also be considered its worst. This buffet can make it hard for those who struggle with self-control and portion sizes. But if you have self-control, you can pick great, healthy options with their fresh options.

7. Atlanta Bread: Offering healthy bread options as well as great, healthy side dishes, Atlanta Breads ranks number 7.

8. McDonalds: Now, this is quite a surprise! Known for so long as very unhealthy, they have finally begun the process of overhauling their menu to include things like apple slices, low-fat milk, and snack wraps.

9. Einstein Bros. Bagels: They specialize in low-fat and reduced fat cream chees and shmears. Also, they have the Good Grains bagel that has 4 grams of fiber. They even offer salads-fruit and otherwise.

10. Taco Del Mar: This Mexican restaurant has whole grain and whole wheat tortillas with fresh fish-to give you that needed protein.

And with all the hype and scare about food sanitation, it is important to make wise choices when it comes to eating out. Also the cleanliness of the establishments is important to consider as well. Remember that each state have their own regulations for food safety. So, make sure employees in Plano have a Plano food handler card [] and so on for each city. This will keep you and your family safe and eating healthily.

Healthy Weight Loss Programs - How To Spot A Fraud

A quick search on Google yields about 75 million websites that compete for the term weight loss. If we get a little more specific and search for the phrase weight loss program, 24 million websites pop up. Obviously weight loss is a very popular search term as evidenced by not only the number of websites that promote it, but by the nearly $60 billion industry it represents.

These days you can't log on to the internet, check your email, watch TV, read the newspaper, or pick up any magazine without seeing some sort of weight loss product. Yet, despite the proliferation of healthy weight loss products and information, increasing numbers of people are becoming obese. Diet plans such as the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet are pitched by persistent advertising and many people join the parade of followers. Some lose weight, but almost all regain the weight they lost. Why is that?

While the ideas of healthy weight loss, getting lean, living healthy, etc. all have natural appeal, the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of the weight loss claims are actually misleading statements and, in most cases, borderline on outright fraud

Infomercials, shown on cable TV promise that you can lose all the weight you want while you eat everything you want are false and not to be believed. This is what everyone wants of, course, a quick cure, but there is no easy path. It doesn't matter what they are trying to sell you - crab shells (chitin), fat absorbers, fat burners, magic mushrooms, wonder bark from Brazil, magic cellulite pills, pyruvate, creatine, garcinia cambogia, green goop, algae, magic genies in a bottle - it's all a great fantasy that will not come true.

Every year, new weight-loss books appear on the bookstalls, and magazines run repetitious articles on the subject. Millions of people have proven that it is easier to gain weight than to lose it. And, many weight loss companies have become expert at extracting dollars from your wallet as opposed to inches off your waistline.

Dieters have proven that weight-loss attempts by following a "weight-loss diet" may succeed for a short time but ultimately fail. There is no magic diet. None of the weight loss schemes printed in any book over the past 50 years has had any real advantage over common sense.

The medical community, food industry, dietitians' government health and regulatory agencies, magazine publishers and diet businesses are all watching helplessly as Americans and Canadians consume excessive amounts of food and become increasingly obese. This epidemic of obesity threatens to bankrupt the health care system in both countries in the next 50 years.

Fraudulent weight loss products and programs often rely on unscrupulous but persuasive combinations of message, program, ingredients, mystique, and delivery system. A weight loss product or program may be fraudulent if it does one or more of the following.

➢ You can eat whatever you like

➢ You don't have to exercise.

➢ Fat stores "burn" off spontaneously.

➢ Cellulite disappears

➢ Carbohydrates are bad, fats and proteins are good

➢ Relies heavily on undocumented case histories, before and after photos, and testimonials by "satisfied customers" (who are often paid for the testimony as written by the promoter). Weight loss claims should be typical of all clients, or include a disclaimer.

➢ Professes to be a treatment for a wide range of ailments and nutritional deficiencies as well as for weight loss.

➢ Misuses medical or technical terms, refers to studies without giving complete references, claims government approval.

Overweight people need to remember that the only way to lose weight in a safe and healthy way is to live a healthy overall lifestyle. So work towards that rather than looking for fast get aways and getting conned in the process.

To give you a deeper understanding of the types of fraudulent materials currently on the market, I've written an ebook that summarizes the U.S. Government's tough stand on weight loss fraud.

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For the past 25 years Malton Schexneider has been a practicing physical therapist, a nationally known educator, a former university professor, a published author, a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, and personal success coach to thousands of people just like you who were seeking lifestyle transformation.