Once A Week Won’t Hurt …


I’m sure that is what most people think on those “way-to-busy-for-anything-but-fast-food-nights”. Well, guess what – no matter how many times you try to convince yourself that “it can’t be all that bad”, and that “Once a week won’t hurt”, you may be very, very wrong! Take a look at this list of the most popular fast foods – and while you are perusing it, keep in mind that the “average” man should be consuming between 2200-2500 calories a day, while the “average” woman needs only about 1600 – 1900 calories. (PER DAY folks, not PER MEAL!!). It just may cause you think twice about just how “appealing” that drive-thru really is!!

Food Item: Calories, Fat (grams)

­1. Deluxe Breakfast Biscuit (McDonald’s): 1,320, 63
2. Double Whopper with Cheese (Burger King): 990, 64
3. Chocolate Shake (large, 22 ounces, Burger King): 950, 29
4. Roast Turkey, Ranch & Bacon Sandwich (Arby’s): 834, 38
5. Baconator (Wendy’s): 830, 51
6. Onion Petals (large, Arby’s): 828, 57
7. TenderCrisp Chicken Sandwich (Burger King): 780, 43
8. Nachos Bell Grande (Taco Bell): 770, 44
9. Grilled Stuft Burrito (beef, Taco Bell): 680, 30
10. Pepperoni Personal Pan Pizza (Pizza Hut): 640, 29
11. Curly Fries (large, Arby’s): 631, 37
12. Chicken Club Sandwich (Wendy’s) 610, 31
13. French Fries (large, McDonald’s): 570, 30
14. Meatball Marinara (6-inch wheat sub, Subway): 560, 24
15. Big Mac (McDonald’s): 540, 29
16. Tuna (6-inch wheat sub, Subway): 530 31
17. Meat Lovers Hand-Tossed Pizza (1 slice, Pizza Hut): 490, 27
18. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Croissan’wich (Burger King): 470, 32
19. Beef ‘n’ Cheddar Sandwich (Arby’s): 445, 21
20. Extra Crispy Chicken Breast (KFC): 440, 27
21. Supreme Pan Pizza (1 slice, Pizza Hut): 440, 23
22. Sweet & Spicy Wings (5, boneless, KFC): 440, 19
23. Cheesy Tots (large, 12 pieces, Burger King): 430, 24
24. Mozzarella Sticks (4 pieces, Arby’s): 426, 28
25. Burrito Supreme (beef, Taco Bell): 410, 17
26. Cold Cut Combo (6-inch wheat sub, Subway): 410, 17
27. Vanilla Frosty (medium, Wendy’s): 410, 10
28. Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza (1 slice, Pizza Hut): 390, 19
29. Asian Salad with Crispy Chicken (McDonald’s): 380, 17
30. Glazed Kreme Filled Doughnut (Krispy Kreme): 340, 20
31. Original Recipe Thigh (KFC): 330, 24
32. KFC Snacker (KFC): 320, 16
33. Regular Roast Beef Sandwich (Arby’s): 320, 14
34. Hershey’s Sundae Pie (Burger King): 310, 19
35. Oven Roasted Chicken Breast (6-inch wheat sub, Subway): 310, 5
36. Coca-Cola Classic (large, 32 ounces, McDonald’s): 310, 0

  1. Shannon, this was a good reminder for me. I used to be the junk food queen, eating fast food sometimes for both lunch and dinner. I was gaining so much weight that I was truly miserable, but wasn’t doing anything about it – I just couldn’t stop. Then last December, I saw the documentary “Super Size Me,” about existing only on fast food for 30 days, and that was it for me. I started WW on January 5, and haven’t so much as glanced at a fast food restaurant since.

    Anyway, I appreciate your post and I agree, if I’m going to splurge once in a while, I really make sure it’s worth it, and fast food doesn’t fall into that category any longer. I think I’ll splurge this weekendby trying your Chicken Kiev and the Apple cider muffins – can’t wait!

  2. Gemma –
    I can assure you that I do not dine with a calorie counter on the table. As a matter of fact, I have been eating healthy for so long now, that it comes very naturally to me and I no longer count calories at all (I include the nutrition info on my recipes for those people who are still struggling with weight loss, or who are participating in a weight-loss program).

    That being said – I love to indulge every now and then. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you (without hesitation) that I will rarely pass up a luscious dessert if it is offered to me!

    However, on those occasions when I want to “splurge”, I will go out for a decadent meal and order whatever I want (even full-fat alfredo – GASP!) without thinking twice about it. But I would much rather blow my calories on a gourmet-type meal with high quality ingredients – not with mass produced, processed “food products”. I do not consider fast food to be a “treat” – I consider it to be junk. It does not taste good to me, it makes me feel sluggish and crappy after I eat it, and frankly (and this is my opinion, many may feel differently) it is a waste of money, and a waste of calories. To me, an indulgence is just that – something that I don’t get to enjoy on a regular basis, so when I have it, I want to enjoy it to the fullest. For me, NONE of the items on that list are a “treat” – they offer nothing but detrimental qualities to your body. If I’m going to treat myself – I’m going to make darn certain that it was worth every last bite. As I have stated before, it is all about balance and moderation. Fast food is not condusive to a “balanced” state.
    I apologize to those of you who feel differently on this subject. This is merely MY opinion on the matter.

  3. I must say I agree with you Shannon. I would much much much rather splurge on a real-food meal…or better yet…make one of your delicious creations that tastes SO much better and is SOOO much better for you! I truly truly mean that. AND it is so much more fun to make it yourself.

  4. Yeah but still….
    I’m a big fan of your page and always try to keep a healthy diet (I’m Mediterranean…) but I also love food – good food – and the pleasure of enjoying a meal without a calories-counter on the table

    Thanks for your recipes and tips

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