What 2,000 calories looks like

The New York Times:

The nation’s largest restaurant chains have made a big deal in recent years about introducing smaller portion sizes. McDonald’s eliminated the Supersize menu, while T.G.I. Fridays and others have introduced small-plate items. Yet the restaurants have also been doing something else, with less fanfare: continuing to add dishes so rich that a single meal often contains a full day’s worth of calories.

Here, we show you what roughly 2,000 calories looks like at some large chains.

I’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app to track my daily meals and trying to stay under 2,000 calories. Terrifying to realize so many of these meals I ate when I was younger have that many calories in a single meal.



  • Now try going on a diet while eating fast food and take-out. Even the value/dollar menu at most places is loaded with calories.

  • Moeskido

    In a previous decade, I relied upon a lot of fast food for several years of lunches at a particular job. The results were not pretty.

    • indeed, that is the problem. Finding decent food anywhere near work that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Or about 50 pounds of extra weight!

      • Moeskido

        In a major city, lunch becomes a significant expense if you don’t make your own.

  • Great. I read the article and now I’m hungry.