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What Does 1,000 Calories Look Like at Different Fast Food Chains?

What Does 1,000 Calories Look Like at Different Fast Food Chains?

It’s a lot less food than you might imagine

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What Does 1,000 Calories Look Like at Different Fast Food Chains?

We’ve rounded up some easy ways to down 1,000 calories in one sitting at 9 major fast food chains. You’d be surprised by how easy it is.


One Premium Crispy Club Sandwich paired with a medium fries equals out to 1,010 calories. Opt for a McChicken and a small fries instead for only 600 calories.

Burger King

A Double Whopper with Cheese, without the fries or any other sides, contains 1,070 calories. If you’ve gotta have a Whopper, make it a single, which contains 510 calories without mayo.


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That Quarter-Pound Single with Cheese with a side of chili cheese fries tops out at 980 calories. Opt for a Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe instead. It has 230 fewer calories. Add an order of small fries and your meal will only contain 660 calories.


An original Chicken Sandwich at Chick Fil-A contains 440 calories, and paired with a small chocolate milkshake you’ll be at 990 calories. Skip the milkshake and opt for an unsweetened iced tea instead.

Taco Bell

Want a side of Nachos Supreme with your Mexican Pizza? That’ll run you exactly 1,000 calories. Pick one or the other, or complement one of them with a Fresco Soft Taco, which contains 160 calories or less.


One breast, thigh, drumstick, and wing – in other words, a half fried chicken – clocks in at 870 calories, and if you decide to splurge on one more wing that’ll put you above the 1,000 mark. Instead, go for either the breast (320 calories) or the thigh (290 calories), or even better, opt for the Kentucky Grilled Chicken; a breast, wing, drumstick, and thigh contains only 560 calories.


Want your carnitas burrito topped with rice, beans, and guacamole? Then expect to eat right around 1,000 calories. If you’re looking to make your burrito as healthy as possible, skip the add-ons like cheese and sour cream and load up on the vegetables or, even better, for a burrito bowl, which foregoes the 300-calorie tortilla completely.

Shake Shack

A Single Shackburger at Shake Shack contains 490 calories. Should you decide to top it off with a root beer float or creamsicle float you’ll be right at 1,000 calories. A Single Cheeseburger contains 50 fewer calories than a Shackburger. Replace the float with an unsweetened iced tea—it’s calorie free.

White Castle

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A White Castle Original Slider contains 140 calories, so if you decide to down seven of them in a sitting, that’s 980 calories. They may look small, but they definitely add up. Stick to a few (I know, it’s not easy). And while the new Veggie Slider may be vegetable based, it actually contains 10 more calories than the Original.