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Eating out is convenient, tasty and fun, but the high levels of fat and sodium found in some restaurant fare can be hazardous to your waistline. If you are trying to lose weight, consider adapting some of your favorite restaurant meals to healthier at-home versions.

Consider this: In today’s age of convenience, fast food needs no introduction. Everyone from a 2-year-old toddler to a 60-year-old grandpa seems to enjoy it every chance they get. And why not? It’s delicious, it’s filling, is really affordable, and readily available any time of the day, being only a drive-thru or phone call away. What more can you ask for when you are living life in the fast lane?

Fast food doesn’t just overload diners with fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol, although these alone pose health hazards in excess. Eating from fast-food menus contributes to a poor diet by providing less of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that your body needs.

According to the American Heart Association, large amounts of fat and sugar contained in burgers, fried foods, carbonated beverages and Chinese food sauces can also make you gain weight. The salt and cholesterol in these foods can overburden your cardiovascular system. These effects on health may begin in childhood and surface in adolescence or later in adults...


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