I have to be honest: Avoiding fast food to maintain a healthy lifestyle has been a real struggle. Yet I’ve come to realize that while fast food may be convenient for your time, it’s certainly not for your health. If your goal is to focus on a healthier diet, I’d like to share with you 9 unhealthy fast food meals to absolutely avoid.
Many of these below items should come with their own warning labels. They’re that BAD and many of them contain nearly the ENTIRE daily recommended intake of calories, sodium, and sugar.
According to the American Heart Association, the estimated daily calories needed for moderately active adult men is 2,800 and 2,200 for women. The recommended daily limit for salt is 2,300 mg (ideally 1,500 mg), and that of sugar is 25 grams (six teaspoons) for women and 38 grams (nine teaspoons) for men. So, keep this in mind when viewing the 9 fast food items below.
Captain D’s Family Seafood Fest
Per Meal (Without Sides): 3,870 calories
Do not share this with your family. At almost 4,000 calories, this mix of batter-dipped fish, twelve crispy butterfly shrimp, three seafood-stuffed crab shells, and twelve hush puppies packs an astonishing 16 grams of trans fat and 7,990 mg of sodium. And this doesn’t even include side items or beverages!
Sonic’s Asian Sweet Chili Boneless Wings
Per 24-Piece: 2,210 calories
Even if you’re splitting this order, you’ll be ingesting over a thousand calories and two days’ worth of added sugar. That’s right, the “sweet” part of the boneless wings contain 98 grams of sugar. To put this in perspective, a Snickers bar contains only 20 grams of sugar.
Culver’s Northwoods Walleye Dinner
Per 3-Piece: 1,900 calories
Walleye fish is typically a great source of protein, but then batter it in empty carbs, fry it, and then serve it with tartar sauce, fries, coleslaw, and a dinner roll. It’s a dietary nightmare.
Raising Cane’s Caniac Combo
Without Drink: 1,780 calories
This is Raising Cane’s most calorie-dense menu item containing six chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, two servings of Cane’s sauce, Texas toast, and a side of coleslaw. Heaven forbid adding a 32oz order of Cane’s lemonade. It contains 220 calories and 57 grams of sugar.
Zaxby’s Buffalo Chicken Finger Plate, 6-Piece
Per Meal: 1,690 calories
Speaking of unhealthy chicken meals, Zaxby’s has it covered. While the buffalo-sauce that’s slathered on the chicken fingers may be to blame for the majority of the calories on this dish, it’s the crinkle fries and coleslaw that make this one meal to absolutely avoid.
Pei Wei Pad Thai with Vegetable and Tofu
Per Bowl: 1,670 calories
If you’re thinking that a meal containing vegetables and protein-packed tofu will be healthy for you, think again. This Pad Thai meal contains close to 1,700 calories in one sitting, plus a bloat-inducing amount of sodium (6,390 mg) and, yes, even an obscene amount of sugar (75 g).
Jason’s Deli Plain Jane Potato
Per Potato: 1,610 calories
Can one potato be this terrible for you? Yet this certain potato is anything but plain as it’s loaded with cheddar, sour cream, butter, bacon, and green onions. Pass.
Sbarro Meat Lasagna
Per Meal: 1,430 calories
Let’s put it this way: The website Calorie King estimates that it would take 398 minutes of walking to burn off one consumed meat lasagna from Sbarro. Avoid this at all costs.
Domino’s Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch Hand Tossed 16-Inch
Per Slice: 520 calories
If you MUST eat this pizza, consume one slice and then put it away. However, even one slice will cost you about half a day’s worth of your recommended sodium intake at 1,150 mg. Wow!
This list honestly could have been a lot longer. Tell me – what fast food items do you think are the unhealthiest to consume? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please be sure to subscribe down at the box below to receive more healthy living tips straight to your inbox. If you’d like to learn more about a few unhealthy breakfast items to avoid, click this link.