There are a lot of spotlight-chasers who have made headlines for proving that yes, you can lose weight eating only [pick a fast food chain], but those “dieters” also tried to change things up with their weight-loss plans — a chicken sandwich for lunch, a burger for dinner, self-loathing for dessert. But some poorly worded healthy eating recommendations from Chick fil-A suggests that you eat some of the chain’s chicken nuggets every few hours.
SBnation’s Rodger Sherman was reading the “Great Ideas for Healthier Living” tips on the back of his Chick fil-A bag and noticed that the top tip is to “Kick off the New Year by adding one healthy habit to your routine,” with the suggestion to “Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours.”
We’re assuming that Chick fil-A didn’t intend for their back-of-bag message to imply that you should only eat its nuggets — especially since the fast food chain isn’t open on Sundays — but there is an implication that the nutrition provided by the 8-piece nuggets would suffice for a full meal.
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.
While the grilled chicken nuggets are low in carbs and fats, they don’t skimp on the sodium. At 530mg per serving, you’d likely reach the upper safe limit (around 2,300 mg) of daily sodium intake every day.