We all know leading a healthy lifestyle filled with regular exercise and smart nutrition choices is an ideal routine to strive for.

But hey, let’s face it. Most of us like to go off into the fast food deep end and grab a tasty burger or delightful chocolate shake every now and then.

And since the Food and Drug Administration now recommends our average daily caloric intake should be around 2,000 calories, let’s look at how that stacks up to in the fast food universe at large.

Burger King

Two Burger King Flame Grilled Triple Whoppers are 1,130 calories each. Two of these add up to 2,260 calories, 150 grams of fat and 100 grams of carbohydrates.


Two Big Macs, large fries and a large coke are 1,870 calories total, 80 grams of fat and 161 grams of carbohydrates.

Baja Fresh

Two Burrito Ultimos with steak are 1,900 total calories, 88 grams of fat and 170 grams of carbohydrates. Each burrito contains charbroiled steak, grilled peppers, chilies, onion, melted jack, cheddar cheese, salsa, rice and sour cream.

Shake Shack

Double Shackburger, cheese fries, and a peanut butter shake add up to 2,200 total calories, 133 grams of fat and 162 grams of carbohydrates.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

The Double Doubler, mashed potatoes and gravy, two original recipe chicken breasts, one original recipe chicken thigh, original recipe chicken wing, one coleslaw and one diet coke equal 1,940 total calories, 100 grams of fat and 130 grams of carbohydrates.

Taco Bell

Smothered Burrito and two taco supremes add up to 1,940 total calories, 100 grams of fat and 130 grams of carbohydrates.

Pizza Hut

Medium personal pan pizza totals 2,080 total calories, 96 grams of fat and 216 grams of carbohydrates.

Need help planning out your diet? Check in with your physician to work out a dietary plan.

If you’re curious as to what foods can be beneficial for you, reach out to your primary care physician for advice. If you are local to Southern California and are in search of a primary care physician, call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visit www.keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment/ to schedule an appointment.

By Lisa Loeffler