Eating fast food while on a diet is hard, but finding keto-friendly foods can be a special challenge. The high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet requires that about 70 percent of your daily calories comes from fat, 20 percent from protein, and only about 10 percent from carbohydrates. Although the drive-thru is full of greasy menu items, these foods are usually loaded with carbohydrates – a keto-no-no. But sometimes fast food is handy, for example if you need some fuel between meetings.
So what is a busy keto-dieter?
Many fast food options are customizable and can be adapted to a keto lifestyle, says Jenny Kramer, who specializes in Indiana University's ketogenic diet. Since staying in ketosis or burning fat for energy requires a lot of hard work and maintaining proper fat, protein and carbohydrate ratios, Kramer recommends taking your own fat source with you.
"Mostly it will not be easy to find olive oil that is poured directly into the salad," she says. In addition, it is best to consider the protein serving sizes as well. "You want to be careful that you do not overdo it with your meat portion," she says. So maybe not for this triple cheeseburger.
And if you consume more protein for lunch, you may want to increase the fat and reduce the protein to meet daily recommendations. Although finding a keto-friendly fast food requires some work, here are the options of 1