If you've ever been to a fast food restaurant you already know that the food you are served rarely resembles the food portrayed in advertisements. Now we know the secret to getting fast food that looks as good as it does on TV.

We see the delicious food in advertisements, but the reality is we don't really expect the food to look that way when we get it. It's kind of sad, but we have been conditioned by fast food servers to accept a lesser quality product. It's almost like they have trained us to lower our expectations.

As a former member of the fast food industry ( thank you Golden Arches), sometimes you can't really blame the preparer. Yes, sometimes the sandwich is sloppily and hastily made and ends up looking like it was constructed by a person with ten thumbs. But, in their defense I have to say these workers are pressed to be as fast as possible (and the fact is, we, as waiting customers are thankful for this) and to ask them to duplicate something that is meticulously and painstakingly prepared for visual presentation in a media campaign to look as appealing as possible is just not realistic.

However, there is no excuse for sloppy food preparation. As it turns out, in most cases, if you want fast food that looks better, all you have to do is ask for it. Here's how.