If you’ve ever watched your weight, you probably already know that the daily recommended calorie intake sits at about 2,000. Certain dietary plans help you arrange your meals for the day so that you can eat healthy and delicious without going over that number. But what if those 2,000 calories could be condensed into just one meal? See what that meal looks like in different fast food chains, and think hard if you really want to take another bite off that ginormous quadruple cheese burger.
If “barista” is a common word in your vocab, chances are you’ve been to Starbucks more than once. Calories can add up quickly at Starbucks: a venti white-chocolate mocha served with a sausage-cheddar sandwich, Greek yogurt, a salted caramel cake pop, and a piece of coffee cake contain a total of 2,030 calories.
Not all meals are happy meals at McDonald’s. If you’re counting calories, you might want to stay away from this 2010-calories combination: Bacon crispy chicken sandwich with large fries, mozzarella sticks, and an Oreo McFlurry for dessert.
You might be eating fresh at Subway, but watch out because your caloric intake can escalate quickly. You will sum up to 2010 calories by only ordering a one-foot-long spicy Italian sandwich, a six-inch BLT flatbread with cheese, some chips, and an oatmeal-raisin cookie for dessert.
You can “have it your way” all you want, just know that it will mean going over the recommended calorie intake per day. A double Whopper with cheese, large fries, large onion rings, two oatmeal-raisin cookies, and large soda mean nothing less than 2990 calories.
This Virginia-headquartered fast food chain serves a simple menu—a burgers-and-fries type of menu. Their classic bacon cheeseburger with large fries sums up 2230 calories, so watch out for your daily calorie intake.
This fast food chain is known for its good-mood food because any meal obviously puts you in a good mood. Don’t let that go to waste when you learn how many calories are in a typical meal: a roast turkey sandwich with large fries, and a medium shake are worth 2010 calories in total.
It definitely is finger-licking good; you’ll just pay a high price for it in terms of calories. You can go so over your recommended intake by ordering a doublicious sandwich, large popcorn nuggets, mashed potatoes with gravy, a large mac and cheese, plus a large coleslaw serving—2940 calories to be exact.
Chipotle serves “food with integrity”—and also plenty of calories. A steak burrito with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, sour cream, and guacamole, served with chips and guacamole totals 2045 calories.
Counting calories is hard work. But if you want to know what 2000-ish calories look like at Taco Bell, order a beef quesarito with triple-layer nachos, a crunchwrap supreme, cheesy fiesta potatoes, a spicy tostada, and a large soda—taco about going over your recommended intake.
Known for serving old-fashioned burgers, Wendy’s is another fast food chain that serves meals over 2000 calories. Order a baconator with spicy chicken nuggets, large fries, a small frosty, and root beer, and you’ve got yourself 2480 calories.