Many are familiar with the popular weight loss method that involves eating multiple low-calorie meals throughout the day to keep one’s metabolism active. But chicken nuggets? It’s possible.
Chick-fil-A has long been one of the healthier fast-food chains, trailblazing the lower-calorie menu market with grilled items, and most recently, kale salads.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 20, 2016
This month, the company printed “Great Ideas for Healthier Living” on the back of its white paper takeout bags to aid diners in their New Year’s fitness resolutions.
One of the suggestions says: “Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours.”
There’s context to the health tip, to be sure, but as SBnation’s Rodger Sherman was quick to point out, it does appear that the chain is saying it’s OK to snack on nuggets all day, every day (except Sunday, of course).
Chick-Fil-A suggests adding "one healthy habit" to your day, like eating chicken nuggets every three hours pic.twitter.com/PO3ADjyWUZ
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 27, 2016
It’s unlikely the the chain intended diners to interpret the suggestion as starkly as Sherman did. Eating only chicken nuggets every few hours is a poor and monotonous diet choice.
And, as Consumerist pointed out, anyone tempted to try the nugget diet out should expect to run into problems when it comes to calories and sodium:
Figuring that you sleep for eight hours a day, this means you would eat 4-5 of these nugget meals each day. That means you would only consume between 560 and 700 calories daily, far short of the 1,500 to 2,000 calorie range recommended for most adults. Even if you add in 60 calories per meal for dipping sauce, you’re still looking at between 800 and 1,000 calories a day.
In addition to an insufficient calorie count, nugget dieters can expect to hit the higher end of the daily recommended amount of sodium (2,300 milligrams) as each eight-piece serving of nuggets contains 530 milligrams.