Seeing a Day's Worth of Calories in Fast Food Will Shock You

By Andrew Liszewski on at

If you find yourself eating at fast food restaurants every day, you’re not doing your body any favours. We all probably already knew that, but seeing it laid out is quite an eye-opener.

The recommended caloric intake for the average adult is around 2,000 calories, while the average fast food combo often delivers more than that in a single meal.

What a Day's Worth of Calories Looks Like in Fast Food

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Business Insider visited 13 fast food chains to see how many calories were in a single combo meal, and the results might have you packing your own lunch in the future. (Click the link to see them all laid out.) Quite a few of the food institutions investigated are American, but it's still a good representation of the relatively small portions of grub that go beyond recommended limits.

Even meals from supposedly healthier fast food chains like Subway or Chipotle easily slip past the 2,000-calorie mark when you add sides, drinks, and a dessert. In most cases you don’t even need to supersize your meal to max out its calorie capacity, but when the cashier asks if you want fries with that, in the future it’s probably a good idea to just say no. [Business Insider via Taxi]

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