Burger King (www.bk.com/#menu=3,-1,-1)
When it comes to fast food, there’s really nothing more over-the-top than the Triple Whopper. Do you really need three slabs of meat to fill you up? If your daily budget is 2,000 calories, you probably don’t want to start your day by spending 700 of them on the omelet sandwich or the Double Croissan’wich.
At 1,410 calories, the infamous Monster Thickburger takes first place in the unhealthiest fast-food category. But the greatest numbers of disastrous options are actually on the breakfast menu. Unless you plan on crawling into a cave and hibernating after your meal, there’s really no need to consume so many calories at once — especially for breakfast.
I was surprised that the Deluxe Breakfast, the Hotcakes and Sausage and the Chicken Selects all pack more calories than the Double Quarter Pounder. But the worst choice of all is probably the Chocolate Triple Thick Shake.
Wow, bet you thought salad was a healthy choice. Not so fast. Also, at 650 calories, the Chicken Club Sandwich is not a great choice.
Although Subway offerings are very good, there are exceptions. Case in point: the Double Meat Meatball Marinara Sandwich, which has more calories than a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s. Oh, and watch out for the sodium.
While the Pot Pie and the Crispy Twister — a sandwich of deep-fried chicken smothered in mayonnaise — are certainly not great ideas for the diet-conscious. Be especially cautious about the sides — both the rice and gravy and the potatoes and gravy will send your total calorie count soaring.
Starbucks (www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_info.asp )
Seven hundred calories is steep any way you cut it — but in this case you’re not even getting a meal for all those calories. You can save more than 100 calories by skipping the whipped cream, but even so, you’re still consuming a meal’s worth of calories with no real food to show for it. You need to remember that these drinks are not substitutes for coffee — they’re substitutes for banana splits and ice cream sundaes.
Dunkin’ Donuts (www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/nutrition/nutrition.pdf)
“Sticks” have even more calories than “fancy” doughnuts, and check out that breakfast sandwich.
P.F. Chang’s (www.pfchangs.com/cuisine/menu_main.jsp )
Chinese food is almost never a great bet for dieters, but if you’re going to indulge, at least steer clear of calorie disasters like the spare ribs — which are actually just an appetizer. What can you say about the Great Wall of Chocolate — other than buyer beware?
Ruby Tuesday (www.rubytuesday.com/files/nutrition.pdf)
Kudos to Ruby Tuesday for providing nutrition information, but all I can say is: Wow! All these options are not only high in calories but also sneaky little diet disasters. Don’t be fooled by words like “spinach,” “broccoli” and especially “salad”— in this case they are all Calorie Rip-offs. The chicken and broccoli pasta and the burger each have about a day’s worth of calories.
Pizza Hut (www.yum.com/nutrition/documents/ph_nutrition.pdf)
The Stuffed Crust Meat Lover’s Pizza might just be the worst pizza option out there for a dieter. Only two pieces and you’re looking at 1,000 calories — and if you kick off your meal with breadsticks and wash it down with a soda, you’d better prepare yourself to get off the couch the next morning and run a marathon to undo all the damage.
The Awesome Blossom is about the worst appetizer on any menu. And at more than 1,700 calories, none of the quesadillas are safe bets.
The Italian Melt is a poor choice, but the calories and sodium in those Mini Burgers are off the charts. In terms of breakfast choices, the Sausage Bowl and Grand Slam Slugger are just two examples of many calorie-packed choices.
Bob Evans (www.bobevans.com)
Who knew you could cram so many calories into an egg-based dish when the eggs themselves have only 75 calories apiece?