Fast Food Calorie Counting

By: Bill DiNicola
By: Bill DiNicola

Many people in Eastern Carolina will be busy this holiday season getting ready for the various celebrations over the next 6 weeks. After spending a long day; sitting in traffic, looking for parking spots, picking out gifts, waiting in line, then sitting back in traffic, those bright fast food signs can look very appealing. Especially if you are the one in charge of making dinner. There are ways to navigate the fast food menu without doing too much damage to your diet.

According to the magazine, Men’s health, you can drop a lot of extra calories by leaving the cheese and mayonnaise off your sandwich. Most times a Grilled chicken sandwich without dressings is your healthiest choice. Most hamburgers (single patty, no cheese) are a better bet then anything that has been fried. The magazine also points out that add-ons can really add up.

For example, A McDonald’s Quarter Pounder without cheese has 430 calories and 21 grams of fat, with cheese it jumps to 530 calories with 30 grams of fat, if your going to make it a combo, add 450 calories and 22 grams of fat for the fries. Get a non-diet soft drink, tack on another 220 calories.

Totaling it up; a Quarter Pounder without cheese and a diet drink; that’s 430 calories. A Quarter Pounder with cheese combo with fries and a regular drink – that’s 1200 calories and 52 grams of fat. 1200 calories is more than half of 2000 calories or the USDA’s recommendation for daily caloric intake by an adult.

Compared to other Fast food giants the quarter pounder is one of the lighter sandwiches. The jumbo burgers, burgers with more than one patty, cheese and or bacon, they can really add up. Like McDonald’s double quarter pounder with cheese (760 calories 48 fat grams), Wendy’s Baconator (830 calories 51 fat grams) Burger King’s Double Whopper with Cheese (1020 calories 65 fat grams of fat) and Hardee’s Two-Third Pound Monster Thickburger
 (1,420 calories
108 fat grams). And it’s not just fast food, according to Yahoo.com, Chili’s Smokehouse Bacon Triple-The-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
has 2,040 calories and 150 fat grams.

Below you will find links to a Restaurant Nutrition Guide, as well as a link for to measure you Body Mass Index.


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  • by Eat healthy Location: NC on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    Never say the word Diet. Eat to live and you will live longer for sure. If you do eat one of those major burgers, skip the fries and drink water. Diet sodas, regular sodas all have sodium and can bloat you making you feel awful. Cutting down on fats, salt, sugar and starches can make a major difference in the way you feel. Exercise will come easier with feeling better. This holiday you can eat to live just by eating small amounts of the foods you love and do not try to stuff yourself to the point of pain!!
  • by mrs nc Location: nc on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    Mom, I agree with you. People will not loose weight until they want to. I realize in april this year that my eating habits were out of control. I started loosing weight on april 21st. I am almost 60 pounds lighter. I still eat out but make healthier choices as well. I am walking around 6 miles 3x a week.
  • by mom Location: nc on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    It doesn't matter how much data you give people about calories and fat intake,They continue to gorge themselves on unhealthy foods. Americans do NOT care what they eat!! I came to that conclusion about 16 months ago. That's when I took a look at myself and decided to start taking my health into consideration. Now I walk 2-3 miles a day, I DO NOT cook or eat fried foods,also I limit myself to diet coke. No regular soft drinks at all. I drink water alot.When I say me I mean my entire family. My husband and 3 children included in this. I feel so much better than I used to, and I've lost weight too. I eat salads every day, with light dressing of course. Or I have a sub from Subway, with low fat mayo. It takes some getting used to but believe me it's worth it.I think the biggest thing is discipline. That's something Americans don't have, when it comes to eating healthy.
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