Some interesting food facts

Today’s daily food intake…

I did a little googling out of interest today to see just how many calories are in McDonalds food, because lately I’ve been having the biggest craving for a Triple Cheeseburger. Not just an ordinary cheeseburger but a triple cheeseburger. Ohh the gooey cheesy melting goodness and the extreme greasiness of one of those is just divine. Yes, I know they are so totally bad and unhealthy for you, but every now and then I just crave one. Normally of course I would give in to the temptation and go through the drive through and scoff down the cheeseburger before I get home so that no one knows I’ve had one. Then to cover up the fact that I’ve had one, I eat dinner too so I don’t look suspicious for not eating – because I am not one to miss my meals. That was back in the days when I wasn’t eating healthy and exercising though (mind you, there hasn’t been a great deal on the exercise front this week…), these days I don’t do such naughty things. I just dream about holding the cheeseburger in my hands and dream about the taste of it. Then I have to physically restrain myself from going down to Maccas and scoffing a whole crapload of food.

Now in case you’re interested here’s a bit of info about the calories in McDonalds (taken from their info sheet):

Food

Calories

Big Mac 493cals/2060kj
Cheeseburger 284cals/1190kj
Double Cheeseburger 430cals/1800kj
Triple Cheeseburger Not even on the website! How ashamed of those calories must they be?
Grand Angus 630cals/2630kj
Mighty Angus 686cals/2870kj
Quarter Pounder 549cals/2300kj
Double Quarter Pounder 851cals/3560kj
McChicken 408cals/1710kj
Small fries 255cals/1070kj
Medium fries 368cals/1540kj
Large fries 453cals/1900kj
6 chicken nuggets 279cals/1160kj
Mustard sauce 66cals/275kj

Now let’s put some of this into perspective. When I used to go to McDonalds I would quite often get (apart from the triple cheeseburger [they were a 3am specialty!]) a Double Quarter Pounder meal, with large fries and a large coke. Sometimes if I was particularly hungry I’d also throw in a 6 pack of nuggets. The grand total of that dinner: 1657 calories (there are apparently 310 calories per large coke according to my Google research). That is not just a daily allowance of food, but a daily allowance of food, plus snacks and then the breakfast and morning snack of the next day. All rolled into one dinner! Bloody freaking hell!

When you look at the figures written down like that it’s really not hard to see how I managed to gain so much weight is it. Considering that wasn’t just a one off dinner for me. During my single times, living by myself I would quite often eat dinners like that, to a varying degree. Plus there was breakfasts of rolls with bacon, eggs and barbecue sauce, full fat latte and lunches of some sort of food court meal. I have to admit I never stopped to think how many calories there were in the dinners that I was eating, and I’m a little ashamed to actually put it out there and to read this. God it makes me feel quite sick, and thankfully the cravings for McDonalds have now gone.

Just something I thought I would share with you all.


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2 Comments

  • Stephanie

    February 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Thanks Tina! You’ve managed to stop my Maccas cravings too!!!! Although the gooey cheese still sounds tempting……………….. *drooool*

  • Tina

    February 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I know, it does sound tempting still doesn’t it. Reading back over my post today just made the craving wake up in me again. I got to how many calories are in there and the craving went away a bit. But once I’m not reading about it I can almost push those calories to the back of my mind… Almost!

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