Have you ever found yourself wondering how many calories are in a fast food meal? If you are one of the 50 million people per day getting served by the 160,000 fast food restaurants in America … you most likely did. With fast food restaurants on every street corner, offering food that’s economical, fast and convenient, making the quick trip through the drive thru is inevitable.
If you have a guilty conscience, you might have even gone so far as to find out how much extra exercise you’d have to do at the gym to make up for the fast food “slip up”. Unfortunately, most people tend to underestimate the amount of calories in food and overestimate the number of calories they burn doing physical activity and exercise.
TodaysFitnessTrainer.com, a fitness authority website, recently released some surprising numbers comparing the calories in common fast food items from Burger King, Chipotle, Domino’s, KFC, McDonald’s and Taco Bell and the amount (in minutes) of exercise the average American male and female would need to do in order to burn off the extra calories.
Below are examples of fast food and exercise comparisons including common fast food items and activities typically found in a fitness club.
- Burger King – To burn off the 1300 calories found in a Burger King Whopper with cheese meal (including medium french fries and a 12 oz. vanilla milkshake) a 195 pound man would need to do 145 minutes of vigorous weight training or 78 minutes on the elliptical trainer.
- Chipotle – To burn off the 1354 calories found in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (with white rice, black beans, tomato salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole) a 166 pound woman would need to run 108 minutes on the treadmill (at 6 mph) or participate in 137 minutes of Zumba.
- Domino’s – To burn off the 860 calories found in 8 pieces of Buffalo Wings from Domino’s (plus the ranch dipping sauce) a 195 pound man would need to do 60 minutes of continuous swimming or 96 minutes of vigorous weight training.
- KFC – To burn off the 900 calories found in a KFC 2 piece meal (including a breast, drumstick, potato salad and coleslaw) a 166 pound woman would need to do 188 minutes of vigorous weight training or 64 minutes of Spinning.
- McDonald’s – To burn off the 1460 calories found in a McDonald’s Big Mac meal (including medium french fries and a 12 oz. vanilla McCafe shake) a 195 pound man would need to do 99 minutes of running (at 6 mph) or 88 minutes of elliptical training.
- Taco Bell – To burn off the 1120 calories found in a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme and an Express Taco Salad (with chips) a 166 pound woman would need to do 113 minutes of Zumba and 89 minutes of running (at 6mph).