WebMD gives daily caloric estimates for adults at around 2,000 calories per day, give or take a few depending on your personal level of activity. That sounds like a lot, but many adults do not know what 2,000 calories looks like. From the time we’re children, we’re almost conditioned to finish the food on our plate. Sometimes, the servings provided aren’t necessarily the recommended amount for a portion. It’s no wonder that people do not realize how many calories they are consuming each day.
More restaurants are putting nutritional information on their menu, which is great for consumers if you do the math. Unfortunately, most people don’t. Maybe you don’t want to think about it or just don’t care. But if you’re trying to lose weight and eat better, you should use the information provided to stay within your day’s calories. Using some of the most popular local chain restaurants, let’s take a look at how much food is the equivalent of 2,000 calories.
At Dunkin’ Donuts, four bismarks equal almost 2,000 calories. Most people wouldn’t eat that many in one day, but just one is the equivalent of a small meal coming in at 490 calories. You can still have all the black coffee you can drink because the calories are virtually non-existent.
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At Dairy Queen, you need to be careful with your dessert items. A large Royal Reese’s Brownie Blizzard has 1510 calories. Add two small ice cream cones (230 each), and you’ve hit your calorie limit for the day.
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At Cheesecake Factory, one slice of the Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake comes in at 1,570 calories; you could add a bowl of soup or a small salad to the mix to make about 2,000 calories. Make sure to choose a drink without any calories.