What 2,000 Calories Looks Like At Every Major Fast-Food Chain

Danielle Andrew 16 Aug 2016, 19:46

The Food and Drug Administration recommends an average daily intake of 2,000 calories. 

Healthier, more transparent practices are making their way into the fast-food industry, yet simple awareness isn't always effective.

The Upshot took pictures of 2,000 calories' worth of restaurant food in 2014.

We decided to do our own version and visit 13 fast-food chains to discover what ordering 2,000 calories looks like — it's shockingly easy.

While many of these arrangements look like single meals, each one would be all you are recommended to eat in an entire day.

Marina Nazario contributed to this story. 

Starbucks
Starbucks
Hollis Johnson

Venti white-chocolate mocha, sausage and cheddar classic breakfast sandwich, dark cherry Greek yogurt, salted caramel cake pop, coffee cake.Total calories: 2,030.

McDonald's
McDonald's
Hollis Johnson

Bacon clubhouse crispy-chicken sandwich, large fries, mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, Oreo McFlurry. Total calories: 2,010.

Subway
Subway
Hollis Johnson

Foot-long spicy Italian sub with cheese, a 6-inch BLT flatbread with cheese, chips, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Total calories: 2,010.

Shake Shack
Shake Shack
Hollis Johnson

Double Shackburger, cheese fries, peanut-butter shake. Total calories: 2,200.

KFC
KFC
Hollis Johnson

Doublicious sandwich, large popcorn nuggets, large mashed potatoes with gravy, large mac and cheese, large coleslaw. Total calories: 2,940.

Taco Bell
Taco Bell
Hollis Johnson

Beef quesarito, triple-layer nachos, crunchwrap supreme, cheesy fiesta potatoes, spicy tostada, large soda. Total calories: 2,080.

Burger King
Burger King
Hollis Johnson

Double Whopper with cheese, large fries, large onion rings, two oatmeal-raisin cookies, large Coke. Total calories: 2,990. 

Five Guys
Five Guys
Hollis Johnson

Bacon cheeseburger, large fries. Total calories: 2,230.

Arby's
Arby's
Hollis Johnson

Roast turkey ranch and bacon sandwich, large curly fries, ketchup, Horsey sauce, medium chocolate shake. Total calories: 2,010.

Wendy's
Wendy's
Hollis Johnson

Baconator, spicy chicken nuggets, large fries, small frosty, root beer. Total calories: 2,480.

Chipotle
Chipotle
Hollis Johnson

Steak burrito with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, sour cream, and guacamole, chips and guacamole. Total calories: 2,045.

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