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Taco Bell Diet

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Dieting & Missing a Trip to the Bell?

No need to pass up your favorite restaurants when you're trying to lose weight. After all, once you reach your recommended size in pounds - you'll have to learn to manage eateries that you'll visit going forward.

Have you ever heard of a post-dieter who decided never to go to their former favorite restaurant again? Neither have we.

With this said, there are a lot of good choices to be found at Taco Bell for dieters and non-dieters alike. Fresh ingredients, itís fast food at its best!

Diet Bites has some excellent suggestions from their daily menu that can fit into a weight loss plan based solely on caloric content.

Be sure to examine the other nutritional values of the food entree before making your final choice. Let's start with lunch, then we'll move to dinner.

Going Fresco Style Saves Calories, Fat Grams

But before we get started, if you order your selections Fresco Style, you'll save even more calories and fat grams - which is of course, one of your main goals while dieting.

While the calories and fat grams become decreased with the Fresco Style selections, the flavor is also somewhat decreased - but still quite tasty.

We're basing our caloric choices today on the regular menu selections. Enjoy any for either lunch or dinner.

And as we start we are slammed with so many excellent caloric choices. We'll divide them into sections - noting the best burrito selections, tacos and so forth.

Best Burrito Selections for Dieters

Bean Burrito:The classy, simple - yet rather tasty Bean Burrito contains 370 calories, 11 total fat grams, 4 saturated fat grams, 5 cholesterol mgs, 960 mgs of salt, 56 carbohydrate grams and 13 protein grams.

The Bean Burrito is very filling due to its protein content as well as its impressive 9 grams of dietary fiber. If you opt to order the Bean Burrito Fresco Style you can save 20 calories with the total at 350.

Chicken Supreme Burrito: This menu selection contains tasty lean chicken along with that classic flour tortilla shell. It will cost 400 calories, 12 total fat grams, 5 saturated fat grams, 40 cholesterol mgs, 1,050 mgs of salt, 52 carbohydrate grams, 7 dietary fiber grams and 20 protein grams.

Best Taco Selections Based on Caloric Values

These are one of your best selections while you're dieting. Most are low in caloric content and are very filling. Order two of the lower calorie tacos or order one and a side of rice or beans and cheese. As a note, all of the taco selections, including the Double Decker contain 350 calories or less.

Crunchy Taco: 170 calories, 10 total fat grams, 3.5 saturated fat grams, 25 cholesterol mgs, 290 mgs of salt, 12 carbohydrate grams, 3 dietary fiber grams and 8 protein grams. Order Fresco Style and save 20 calories.

Chicken Soft Taco: 180 calories, 6 total fat grams, 2.5 saturated fat grams, 30 cholesterol mgs, 460 mgs of salt, 18 carbohydrate grams, 1 dietary fiber grams and 14 protein grams.

Best Chalupa Selections Based on Caloric Values

We're going to note three of  the Chalupas from the menu because all are very good caloric purchases for the dieter.

As protein sources go, the chicken version is the best choice. The ground beef is going to be naturally higher in dietary fat content and lower in protein grams than the chicken which is a leaner cut of meat.

Chicken Chalupa Supreme: 350 calories, 18 total fat grams, 4 saturated fat grams, 35 cholesterol mgs, 520 mgs of salt, 29 carbohydrate grams, 3 dietary fiber grams and 17 protein grams.

Steak Chalupa Supreme: 340 calories, 18 total fat grams, 4 saturated fat grams, 30 cholesterol mgs, 570 mgs of salt, 29 carbohydrate grams, 3 dietary fiber grams and 14 protein grams.

Beef Chalupa Supreme: 370 calories - as expected because ground beef is fattier than the steak or chicken. It also contains 21 total fat grams, 5 saturated fat grams, 30 cholesterol mgs, 570 mgs of salt, 31 carbohydrate grams, 4 dietary fiber grams and 13 protein grams.

Best Nacho Selection Based on Caloric Values

Be sure to watch how often you enjoy nachos - no matter where you purchase or make them (home or outside the home). They consist hugely of carbohydrate grams and cheese sauce.

Often the cheese sauce is not derived from real cheese.

Note that the Cheesy Nachos contain zero cholesterol but that doesn't mean that they won't contribute to clogging arteries over time.

The Volcanic Nachos contain a whopping 990 calories and 61 total fat grams - an explosion of volcanic fat.

Cheesy Nachos: 280 calories, 17 total fat grams, 1.5 saturated fat grams, 0 cholesterol mgs, 230 mgs of salt, 29 carbohydrate grams, 2 dietary fiber grams and 4 protein grams.

Other Worthy Menu Choices

Tostada: This delicious baby weighs in at a skinny 250 calories and contains beans, a bit of ground beef and is topped with a healthy salad mix. There are 10 total fat grams in the tostada with 4 being saturated fat. The sodium content is at 530 mgs.

Pintos & Cheese: What a terrific Calorie Buy at 180 calories and 7 total fat grams. With 9 protein grams and 7 dietary fiber grams added to the nutritional mix, you won't be seeing Mister Hungry knock at your door anytime soon when you add this selection to another low calorie menu option.

Mexican Rice: Only 120 calories and 3.5 total fat grams - what a steal for your meal in the area of healthy nutritional benefits.

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