5. Eat fewer: Fast foods (even those healthy-menu options)
Choosing a salad instead of fries won’t counter the rocketing blood pressure effect of a double burger, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A greasy burger causes oxidative stress in cells. (Even if you skip the burger, you may end up getting high amounts of calories and fat from dressings and toppings in fast-food salads.)
Be careful when ordering: Even at “healthier” fast-food outlets, we tend to underestimate calories and order more calorie-stuffed sides (chips, cookies, pop), according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Since extra pounds pack a hypertension risk, skip the sides.