If you're someone who cannot live without a weekly trip to McDonald's drive- thru window but are also in the process of trying to shed a few pounds, then it may be time to switch up your go-to order. Here are five ways your McDonald's order could be making you gain weight.
The Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
While you may think chicken is a healthier option than a hamburger, it actually has 350 more calories and 20 more grams of fat than a standard hamburger. Instead, opt for the grilled chicken sandwich, which is lower in calories and fat than the crispy chicken sandwich but higher in protein than the hamburger.
French fries on the side
Not only are French fries high in fat and calories, but they're also not very filling. Instead, opt for aside salad as it's lower in calories and fat, yet higher in vitamins, minerals, and fiber thanks to the veggies. Just make sure to choose balsamic dressing instead of a creamier option to keep the calorie and fat content lower.
The Southwestern Crispy Chicken Salad
While a salad may sound like a healthier, lower carb option than a sandwich, the fried chicken, shredded cheese, fried tortilla strips, and creamy buttermilk dressing cause this salad to actually be higher in calories, fat, saturated fat and carbs than the grilled chicken sandwich.
A vanilla milkshake
Even a small vanilla milkshake contains nearly 500calories, [which is] twice as much as hamburger,80 grams of carbs, and 59 grams of sugar, which is nearly six times more sugar than a glazed donut. Instead, if you want something cold and creamy, opt for a Kiddie Cone, which has 45calories and only 6 grams of sugar.
The Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit
This breakfast sandwich contains a butter - brushed biscuit and bacon, both of which result in a breakfast that's high in total and saturated fat. Instead, order an Egg McMuffin, which uses an English muffin and ham. This simple swap has just as much protein, but half the amount of total and saturated fat.