How Many Calories Are There In Fast Foods

No matter where you reside, you can easily find a fast food joint and hundreds of people having fast foods. Fast food is the term given to such types of food that can be prepared and served very quickly. And with today’s busy life style and competition, most of the people eat out. As fast food needs low preparation time and is easily available, it is always the first choice while eating out. Some of the common food items available at fast food outlets are fish and potato chips, sandwiches, hamburgers, fried chicken, French fries, chicken nuggets, tacos, pasta, pizza, hot dogs, and so on. 

Fast food

Well, there is no doubt that fast foods are popular and getting more day by day. Here are the main reasons behind the popularity of fast foods:

  • Fast foods are quick to cook
  • Fast foods are easily available
  • Fast foods are tasty
  • Fast foods are inexpensive
  • No time to cook food at home
  • Fast foods are like a “treat”
  • Do not know to cook food at home
  • Fast foods are liked people of different age
  • Fast foods is a way of socializing with friends and family
  • Fast foods are fun and entertaining

Now the question arises ‘Is fast food good for health?’ Well, for a simple and easy answer fast food is bad food. It must be strictly avoided by those people who want to  lose weight fast or want to maintain their current weight. The reason being, most of the fast foods contain a huge amount of calories, plenty of fat, and are high in almost everything that can be bad for your health. Also, the overall preparation procedure of fast foods is not healthy. In various research works it has been found that fast food companies prefer to buy low quality products to cut down their production costs. This is why fast foods are cheaper and people find it pocket friendly.   

Popular fast food brands

Here are some of the popular foods from over 20 popular fast food restaurants and the number of calories they have. The restaurants include KFC, Sonic, Popeyes, A&W, In-N-Out Burger, Hardee’s, Del Taco, Burger King, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., White Castle, Dairy Queen, Chick-Fil-A, Boston Market, Subway, Papa John’s, pizza hut, Domino’s Pizza and Little Caesars.

French Fries (Large) – 260 to 730 calories

French Fries

Hamburgers – 140 to 470 calories


Burgers – 200 to 1520 calories


Chicken (Individual Pieces) – 230 to 1270 calories


Chicken Sandwiches – 200 to 800 calories

Chicken Sandwiches

Onion Rings – 350 to 500 calories

 Onion rings

Wraps – 200 to 961 calories


Mozzarella Sticks – 240 to 849 calories

Mozzarella Sticks

Breadsticks – 100 to 370 calories


14 Inch Large Cheese Pizza 200 to 390 calories

Cheese pizza

Now, here is a long list of some popular fast food items with 1000+ Calories:

• White Castle Chocolate Shake – Large (Calories: 1680)
• Nathan’s Fish N Chips (Calories: 1537)
• Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1520)
• Hardee’s Monster Thickburger (Calories: 1420)
• Dairy Queen Large Choc. Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard (Calories: 1320)
• Hardee’s Double Bacon Cheese Thickburger (Calories: 1300)
• Dairy Queen Large Chocolate Malt (Calories: 1300)
• Nathan’s Chicken Tender Platter (Calories: 1300)
•  Jack In The Box OREO Cookie Ice Cream Shake (24oz) (Calories: 1290)
• Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket (6 piece) (Calories: 1270)
• Hardee’s Double Thickburger (Calories: 1250)
• Burger King TRIPLE WHOPPER Sandwich With Cheese (Calories: 1230)
• Jack In The Box Chocolate Ice Cream Shake (24oz) (Calories: 1230)
• Hardee’s Big Country Breakfast Platter – Breaded Pork Chop (Calories: 1220)
• Jack In The Box Strawberry Ice Cream Shake (24oz) (Calories: 1220)
• Jack In The Box Egg Nog Shake (24oz) (Calories: 1210)
• Nathan’s FRENCH FRIES (SUPER SIZE) (Calories: 1188)
• Del Taco Macho Beef Burrito (Calories: 1170)
• McDonald’s Chocolate Triple Thick Shake (32oz) (Calories: 1160)
• Hardee’s Big Country Breakfast Platter – Country Steak (Calories: 1150)
• McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast (Calories: 1140)
• Carl’s Jr. Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1140)
• Hardee’s Big Country Breakfast Platter – Chicken (Calories: 1140)
• Burger King TRIPLE WHOPPER Sandwich (Calories: 1130)
• White Castle Chicken Rings (20) (Calories: 1130)
• Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1130)
• Dairy Queen Large Chocolate Shake (Calories: 1130)
• Jack In The Box Bacon ‘n’ Cheese Ciabatta Burger (Calories: 1120)
• Jack In The Box Sirloin Bacon ‘n’ Cheese Burger (Calories: 1120)
• McDonald’s Vanilla Triple Thick Shake (32oz) (Calories: 1110)
• McDonald’s Strawberry Triple Thick Shake (32oz) (Calories: 1110)
• Del Taco Macho Nachos (Calories: 1100)
• Jack In The Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger (Calories: 1090)
• White Castle Fish Nibblers – Sack (Calories: 1090)
• McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast (Calories: 1070)
• Jack In The Box Sirloin Cheese Burger (Calories: 1070)
• Carl’s Jr. Bacon Cheese Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1070)
• Hardee’s Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1060)
• Hardee’s Big Country Breakfast Platter – Sausage (Calories: 1060)
• Del Taco Macho Combo Burrito (Calories: 1050)
• Jack In The Box Vanilla Ice Cream Shake (24oz) (Calories: 1050)
• Dairy Queen Large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (Calories: 1050)
• Del Taco Macho Bacon & Egg Burrito (Calories: 1030)
• Dairy Queen FlameThrower GrillBurger (1/2lb) (Calories: 1030)
• Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket (4 piece) (Calories: 1030)
• Dairy Queen Medium Choc. Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard (Calories: 1030)
• Hardee’s Grilled Sourdough Thickburger (Calories: 1030)
• Jack In The Box Ultimate Cheeseburger (Calories: 1010)
• Sonic Peanut Butter Shake – Large (20oz) (Calories: 1010)
• Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Burger (Calories: 1010)
• Burger King BK Quad Stacker (Calories: 1000)
• Arby’s Meatball Toasted Sub (Calories: 1000)
• Dairy Queen Large Oreo Cookies Blizzard (Calories: 1000)
• Boston Market Boston Sirloin Dip Carver (Calories: 1000)

For people who are following a low calorie diet in order to lose weight fast, must consume less fast food items. Just one burger or a small pack of finger chips can spoil the impact of your day long exercise and dieting plan. For instance if you need to consume 2000 calories in a day to lose weight, and you eat McDonald’s Chocolate Triple Thick Shake and Jack In The Box Ultimate Cheeseburger, you will end up consuming more calories than required.  

Chocolate shake

Calorie counting to lose weight is a tough job especially when you are in love with fast foods or junk foods. By having an idea about how many calories are there in various fast foods, you can lose or maintain your weight. Just calculate the calories you will be consuming whenever you feel like having a fast food and your mind will be diverted to some other healthy snacks or foods. Start saying ‘NO’ to fast foods and you will be able to lose weight fast. Once you are able to reach your target weight, you can definitely have your favorite fast food once in a while. But on a regular basis try to avoid fast foods as much as you can. This is one of the top secrets to lose weight fast.

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