Arby's Is Keto-Friendly If You Avoid This

At first glance, fast food and keto seem like they don't belong in the same sentence. After all, between burgers piled on buns, mounds of salty fries, and gallons of sugary soda, most fast food joints are havens of carbs, carbs, and more carbs, meaning they're hardly diet-friendly. This is especially if you're trying to stick to the keto diet, which is a high-fat, low-carb way of eating that has grown in popularity lately, with many swearing by it for effective weight loss.

However, there are ways to make some of your favorite fast food orders keto if you know what to ask for (and what to avoid), including at Arby's. The popular chain — known for its roast beef sandwiches — has a few keto-friendly menu items that you can piece together for a healthier meal. Here's how to eat out at Arby's while still sticking to your new diet so those New Year's resolutions can actually last all year.

Order sans bun, fries, and sauce

When trying to build a keto-approved meal at Arby's, first avoid the obvious: the buns and the fries. Bread is a big no-no on the keto diet, so ask for your sandwich without the bun. The blogger behind Mr. Skinny Pants says there are 25 different sandwiches on the Arby's menu that you can get bun-less, from the Mount Italy to the French Dip. If you don't just want a pile of roast beef (although quite frankly, that sounds delicious!), you can also order your sandwich wrapped in lettuce leaves.

You may also want to stay away from added sauces, one Reddit user warns in a thread, explaining that despite the fact that many of Arby's sauces are mayo-based, they're surprisingly high in carbs. The user says the Horsey Sauce in particular is one of the major offenders — while it has just three grams of carbs per serving, that adds up fast when you're dousing your sandwich in it.