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Fast Food, Fat Dudes

Bodybuilders know that to get lean quickly and build muscle they must eat six to eight small meals a day. After all, a farmer fattens pigs by starving them all day so they’re ravenous with hunger, then giving them huge amounts at one feeding. One gigantic meal a day is a very efficient way to become obese. These days, with fast food, it’s even easier to pack in the calories at one meal. Check out the calorie counts of some popular items, listed at

• White Castle chocolate shake, large, 1,630
• Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar burger, 1,520
• Dairy Queen large chocolate chip cookie dough Blizzard, 1,320
• Hardee’s Double Thickburger, 1,250
• Del Taco Macho Nachos, 1,100
• Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger, 1,090

By the way, don’t think you’re always getting fewer calories if you order fish or chicken:

• Nathan’s Fish ’N’ Chips, 1,537
• Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket, 1,270
• White Castle Chicken Rings (20), 1,130

If you must eat fast food, go for a grilled-chicken item, like McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Classic sandwich, hold the mayo—365 calories, 23 grams of protein, 50 grams of carbs and four grams of fat.

—Becky Holman

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