What 2,000 calories looks like at every major fast food chain

2000 Calories 5Hollis JohnsonJust a cheeseburger and fries — but laden with calories.

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-calorie 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. Here’s what we found.


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.


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

Panera Bread

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New England clam chowder bread bowl, chips, chocolate chip cookie, bottled lemonade. Total calories: 2,160.


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

Shake Shack

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


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


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Spicy chicken deluxe sandwich, large waffle fries, chicken salad, large vanilla milkshake. Total calories: 2,070.

Taco Bell

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

Burger King

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

Five Guys

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


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


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


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

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