Best and Worst Fast Food Surprises

Expect Fast Food Surprises

Pretend you’re at Arby’s (we’ll assume you were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to go there against your will) and it’s ordering time. Quick: Will it be the bacon cheddar roastburger or the roast ham and swiss market fresh sandwich? The sandwich, right? Uh oh—bad call. The roastburger is 440 calories, while the pious market fresh sandwich is a whopping 779 calories.

The moral of the story? Do your calorie research online before hitting the drive-thru. Or stash a copy of The Calorie King Calorie Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, or the Eat This Not That Restaurant Survival Guide in your car’s glove compartment. The Calorie King book is a comprehensive listing, while the Eat This Not That book highlights the best low-cal options at almost every major chain restaurant and fast food joint, so no matter where you go, you can always be sure you’re ordering a meal that will keep your daily Weight Watchers point allotment in check.

Your best bets? Here’s a cheat sheet: A Subway six-inch ham or turkey sandwich is five points, a McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich is eight points, a Taco Bell steak Fresco-style taco is three points, and a Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich is seven points.

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