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jim182182
07-16-2009, 09:30 AM
So, I find myself inclined to hit up McDonald's or Wendy's for 2-3 burgers (or two double cheeseburgers) when i'm in a rush. No bun, just burgers and some ketchup.


My question is, does this help or hurt a diet? It's a lot of protein, but what about the calories and fat content?


Havent done it in a while, but i find myself having less time to cook dinner. Any feedback?

Theenforcer1
07-16-2009, 09:36 AM
If its food vs. no food, obviously opt for the food.

Is it the best choice? no- but if you need food go for it.

nothing wrong with the buns if you need carbs aswell.

QuietSet
07-16-2009, 09:39 AM
If your purpose in ditching the buns is to avoid carbohydrate it might interest you to know that for every tablespoon of regular ketchup there is 4g of sugar in it (about a teaspoon for every tablespoon of ketchup).

Overall, if you goal is bulking, especially, it would be better than going without for a long time. However, if you only have to wait a little while to have quality food, I would say wait.

Own3r
07-16-2009, 09:45 AM
Oh lawd..... lets start counting cals in ketchup now....

jim182182
07-16-2009, 09:46 AM
Purpose is to lose fat. Just trying to keep protein high and carbs low.

TheSlash
07-16-2009, 09:46 AM
Fast food burgers were found to be between 2 and 15% meat......

buy protein bars at least.... or try a chicken fillet on the side or on a salad

Theenforcer1
07-16-2009, 09:47 AM
Fast food burgers were found to be between 2 and 15% meat......

buy protein bars at least.... or try a chicken fillet on the side or on a salad
what?

Rodzilla
07-16-2009, 09:48 AM
wtf, nutrition isn't this black and white.

calories in vs calories out for simplicity. Go to mcdonalds.com and look at the calories.

Ed_Hitchens
07-16-2009, 10:49 AM
Fast food burgers were found to be between 2 and 15% meat......

Do you have a link to the study? If true, what makes up the rest of the burger? :-)

FunkymonkAW
07-16-2009, 10:51 AM
Aside from the usual high fat content, are there any drawbacks to fast food burgers as opposed to meals at home?

Daniepwils
07-16-2009, 10:54 AM
Do you have a link to the study? If true, what makes up the rest of the burger? :-)

http://www.tissuepathology.typepad.com/files/prayson_anndiagpath_dec2008.pdf

tabasco.sauce
07-16-2009, 12:19 PM
McDonalds is fine people... when you start adding excess mayo and ketchup then sure, the calories get intense..

If McDonald's was to share the recipe for our famous burgers, you may be surprised at the very short list of ingredients. They?re made with only 100% pure beef and sprinkled with salt and pepper at the restaurant. That?s it. No additives, no fillers, no binding agents. Each patty is formed by specialized equipment that shapes the beef. -Mcdonalds website

it may not be the leanest beef.. but w/e

and if you're using more than 5tbsp of ketchup, i think you should start counting those liquid calories..

lunchbox12
07-16-2009, 01:17 PM
get a grilled chicken sammich instead of burgers man

bodydropcris
07-16-2009, 06:49 PM
ive been hitting up arbys alot, large roast beef, 550 cals, 42g protein... or sometimes i'll get 2 regulars, 640 cals, 42g protein...

if im feeling thrifty, 2 mcdoubles no cheese does the job... i eat too much chicken at home, so i usually pick another species when i go out...

johnnyironboard
07-17-2009, 08:14 AM
So, I find myself inclined to hit up McDonald's or Wendy's for 2-3 burgers (or two double cheeseburgers) when i'm in a rush. No bun, just burgers and some ketchup.


My question is, does this help or hurt a diet? It's a lot of protein, but what about the calories and fat content?


Havent done it in a while, but i find myself having less time to cook dinner. Any feedback?


It's fine--ditch the bun and you are gtg.

Silver-Wolfe
07-17-2009, 08:26 AM
You making me hungry. :P

andyfan692011
07-17-2009, 10:12 AM
Dude its not hard to make a healthy lunch for a week. I just think you can't resist those burgers and are using " I don't have time to cook " as an excuse. Let me break it down for you.

1. Buy frozen chicken
2. Buy bread
3. Cook chicken ( takes 30 minutes )
4. Take chicken out of oven
5. Place on bread
6. Pack lunch

Or...

1. Drive to store
2. Buy protein bars

Or...

1. Buy bread
2. Buy peanut butter
3. Make PB sandwich
4. Put in a lunch box

Or...

1. Buy premade salad greens
2. Cook chicken
3. Place chicken on salad
4. Pack for lunch

These are just some examples. What I used to do in school is pack a big salad and fill it with chicken, spinach, onions, broccoli, carrots... Whatever... Also, some fruit or bread for some extra carbs.

bodydropcris
07-17-2009, 02:24 PM
if you can fit 350 or so cals in your diet for each burger, eat the burger if you dont feel like cooking...

THE_TRUTH86
07-17-2009, 03:06 PM
i dont eat fast food burgers.. if i have to eat there ill grab a grilled chicken.. I like my own home-made burgers.

My recipe for BURGERS
1 lb 96% lean beef
1 tbs A1 sauce
1 Egg and 1 egg white
Mrs Dash to taste
Cajun Seasoning to tase

mix together in a bowl and pound out some patties... Heck i might even throw some jalapeno seeds into the mixture too!