03 August 2020 12:36
BRITS are being encouraged to shirk stay-at-home habits and head out for discounted meals at cafes, pubs and restaurants. It's hoped the Government's Eat Out To Help Out will give the hospitality industry a much-needed boost caused by the coronavirus lockdown. 2 These are six of the items from the McDonald's menu that you can still eat while on a diet The scheme, which launched alongside Boris Johnson's war on obesity, has come under fire from some campaigners. Warnings have come from the National Obesity Forum which said it would be a ''green light to promote junk food''. But the Prime Minister said that as part of his new policy, calorie counts will have to be printed on restaurant menus.
Ministers say that it will allow diners to have a more "informed choice" over what they eat. Temptation The Eat Out offer only applies at participating eateries in areas of the UK that are not in local lockdown - but major chains including McDonald's are among those on the list. And after months of home cooking or ordering in, the temptation of a half price Big Mac might be enough for even the most committed dieter to call it quits. But if you have been trying to lose weight, there's no reason why you should miss out on the offer. Experts say that actually having a little of what you fancy is the best way to stay on the wagon.
And often, the "healthy" foods at fast food joints aren't always the lightest items available. 2 The Fitness Chef Graeme Tomlinson has emphasised the need to look at calories when going to McDonald's Instagram fitness guru Graeme Tomlinson claims dieters can eat McDonald's - as long as everything is in moderation. He said: "It is abundantly clear that millions continue to enjoy consumption of McDonald's. "And whilst most items within these lists are not particularly nutrient dense, they are still legitimate items of food which should be eaten if enjoyed." Graeme added: "For optimal health, excessive consumption of fast food is not going to be particularly beneficial. "But if consumption is moderate and accompanied by an overall supportive dietary process, it can have an enjoyed position in one's life." Here are six items from the McDonald's menu he's highlighted to help those trying to shed some weight... 1. Cheeseburger - 301 calories It's an absolute menu classic and the McDonald's cheeseburger really isn't as calorific as you'd think at 301 calories. But keep it as an occasional treat - consuming processed meats are increasingly being linked to bowel cancer. Eating just 25g of the stuff a day (that's the equivalent of one rasher of bacon) can increase your risk of colon cancer tumours by 20 per cent. 2. McChicken sandwich - 388 calories If you want your McDonald's fix, the McChicken sandwich is one of the best meals to pick. It has 17 grams of protein and it has just 16 grams of fat in comparison to a Big Mac which has 25 grams of fat. And if you really want to round out the meal and make it healthier, choose a side salad to go with it instead of fries. 3. Regular Oreo McFlurry - 267 calories Let's not kid ourselves here - ice cream is anything but an occasional treat. It contains a whopping 34 grams of sugar and you'd definitely be better off going for one of the fresh fruit bags. But if you do want a pudding or a little treat on a hot day, then the regular Oreo McFlurry is surprisingly low in calories at just 267kcal. In comparison, the Twix McFlurry is 360 calories, while Malteasers McFlurry is 283 claories or the Mars McFlurry that's 363 calories. 4. Large fries - 447 calories Dieters, it's hard to imagine you can still have fries and lose weight. And okay, they're not the healthiest thing on the menu, but if you really need a fast food boost a large fries is still under 500 calories. Better yet, the smaller potion is just 237 calories - so make your decision wisely. 5. Bacon and Egg McMuffin - 348 calories If you like grabbing your breakfast on the go, you don't have to resign yourself to a healthy porridge or an apple. While again it should be only an occasional treat, the Bacon and Egg McMuffin is another meal on the Maccies menu that comes in under 500 calories. Not only do eggs boast choline, a flab-fryer, but it will also keep you energised and full throughout the morning - avoiding those 11am hunger pangs which see you reaching for the biscuit drawer. Most read in Fabulous HOUSE ABOUT THAT Mum transforms cupboard under-the-stairs into giant playroom for her kids Exclusive SUPERMARKET SWEEP I'm a single mum-of-3 & feed my family for £9.90 each a week from Aldi BAG IT UP TK Maxx has Michael Kors & DKNY bags slashed by up to 70% with prices from £32 VAN-TASTIC Couple survive on £10 a day after ditching pricey flat to live in pimped-out van 'I'M NOT THEIR SLAVE' Mum only bathes her kids 3 times a week and lets them eat with hands RAGS TO RICHES I hit bottom after divorce - now I make £40k a month working from my bedroom 6. Six McNuggets - 259 calories If there's one thing everyone loves on the McDonald's menu it's the McNuggets. Nutrition coach Graeme has pointed out that, instead of going for a box of 20 nuggets, go for six McNuggets - which has a pretty low calorie count. Just six of these chicken treats contain 13 grams of fat and 1.7 grams of saturated fat. The video will start in 8 Cancel Dive right in! Like the weather, the Daily Star's FREE newsletter is a scorcher Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Brits can bag a Big Mac and fries for £1 with this McDonald's menu hack. By stacking discounts with the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, you can pay even less for fast food favourites. To redeem a bargain burger and side, you'll need an old Maccies receipt. On your bill, you'll find a promotion called Food for Thoughts rewards. With this, customers can fill out a quick survey in return for money off their next order. It allows you to get a Big Mac and fries for £1.99, which you can then halve in price again using the new government initiative. (Image: Getty Images) It's worth noting that you'll only be able to get the meal deal for £1 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday in August. This is when the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is running. It's not just Big Macs you can get for less cash when heading to your local outlet from Monday to Wednesday. See a full list of tasty food deals below. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Eat Out To Help Out food price cuts at McDonald's Big Mac - £1.69 Bacon Cheese Burger - £0.99 Bacon Mayo Chicken - £0.69 Double Cheese Burger - £0.79 Quarter Pounder - £1.69 Vegetable Deluxe - £1.69 Filet-O-Fish - £1.69 Cheese Burger - £0.49 McChicken Sandwich - £1.69 Hamburger - £0.44 Mayo Chicken - £0.49 Veggie Dippers - £1.69 3 Chicken Selects - £1.84 6 Chicken Nuggets - £1.69 Mozzarella Dippers Share-box - £2.54 Mozzarella Dippers - £0.94 Dips - £0.10 Happy Meal - £1.49 Large Fries - £0.74 Medium Fries - £0.59 Small Fries - £0.49 Mini McFlurry - £0.39 McFlurry - £0.49 Eat Out To Help Out drinks price cuts at McDonald's Milkshake - £0.94 Large Milkshake - £1.04 Small no sugar drink – £0.45 Medium no sugar drink – £0.49 Large no sugar drink – £0.69 Small sugar taxed drink – £0.48 Medium sugar taxed drink – £0.55 Large sugar taxed drink – £0.76 Tropicana - £0.69 Water - £0.64