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10 Insane, Resolution-Busting Fast Foods

It’s no secret that fast food isn’t good for you, but with the recent surge in novelty items, calorie counts are higher than ever. No longer content to just add a special sauce, chains are adding side dishes as toppings, cramming cheese anywhere it can be crammed, and making portions so large that a meal today is something your grandparents might have split. If you’re thinking of trying to lose some weight in the new year, inspired by The Daily Meal, here are ten items to avoid.


  • Domino’s Stuffed Cheesy Bread 1 of 10
    Domino's Stuffed Cheesy Bread
    Domino's whole marketing effort this year has been to apologize for the quality of the pizza they've been selling you all this time, so I think even they would agree that you should approach any new product from them with trepidation. Such is the case with stuffed cheesy bread, essentially a giant calzone cut into eight pieces at about 140 calories a piece. Presumably you won't be eating the whole thing by yourself, but even if you have three pieces, that's 420 calories before you even dig into your pizza.
    Make your own pizza at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: Jeff Padrick/Klug Studio
  • KFC Cheesy Bacon Bowl 2 of 10
    KFC Cheesy Bacon Bowl
    Comedian Patton Oswalt described the original KFC Famous Bowl as "a failure pile in a sadness bowl." The cheesy bacon bowl is the same thing, but with bacon, and clocks in at 740 calories. It's best enjoyed in your kitchen, alone, under a florescent light, in sweatpants stained from an earlier meal, while weeping softly.
    Make a non-depressing dinner in a bowl at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: © brandeating
  • Starbucks Trenta Drinks 3 of 10
    Starbucks Trenta Drinks
    I was at a coffee shop (not Starbucks) the other day behind a woman who ordered a small coffee with ten sugars. That lady and Starbucks are on the same wavelength when it comes to the future of coffee. Not content to leave a beverage that's damn near perfect on its own alone, Starbucks has added an endless array of syrups and toppings to its drinks so that you don't even have to taste the coffee. This year, they upped the ante by making a new drink size -- one larger than the human stomach.
    Make your own lattes at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: © Flickr/samantha celera
  • Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae 4 of 10
    Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae
    I'm not going to lie, as tired as I am of hearing about bacon, this actually sounds pretty good to me. Unfortunately, it was only available for a limited time and can't be purchased now (although if I know anything about food available for a limited time, this will be back). At 810 calories, though, it's probably a good thing that this one is no longer available.
    Make your own ice cream at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: © Flickr_Sam Howzit
  • Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse Burger 5 of 10
    Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse Burger
    At 600 calories, the Stuffed Steakhouse Burger hardly seems like that big of a deal in the era of Heart Attack Grill and Hardee's Thickburgers, but that just shows how far things have come and how quickly. The Big Mac used to be the gold standard for huge fast food burgers, but that only has 540 calories.
    Make our delicious cherry-stuffed burgers at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: © Flickr/theimpulsivebuy
  • KFC Double Down 6 of 10
    KFC Double Down
    The KFC Double Down, while not good for you by any stretch of the imagination, is not as bad for you as many fast food items, but I think that it may be the worst in what it represents -- the notion that any idea a consumer might have about what they would like to eat ought to be indulged -- even if that means using fried chicken as bread.
    Make your own fried chicken at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: KFC
  • Taco Bell XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito 7 of 10
    Taco Bell XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito
    Taco Bell used to be the fast food joint of the underdog. A place where a teenager could go and get two soft tacos with the money he'd dug out of his car's ashtrays. Now cars don't have ashtrays and Taco Bell is a mainly a purveyor of novelty items, like the 880 calorie XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito. But don't worry, it has reduced fat sour cream.
    Make your own burritos at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: Taco Bell
  • Meat Beast Whopper® 8 of 10
    Meat Beast Whopper®
    This whopper topped with bacon and pepperoni may not be available where you live and for that your body is thankful. If there were any justice in this world, your health insurance rates would double if you ate more than one of these a month.
    Make your own tasty burgers at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: Meat Beast Whopper® from South Florida Business Journal
  • Hardee’s Six Dollar Steakhouse Thickburger 9 of 10
    Hardee's Six Dollar Steakhouse Thickburger
    This one's guilty of two crimes. First, it's 1170 calories which is simply insane. Second, it's not six dollars. Don't make no sense.
    Make yummy sliders with horseradish mayo
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: Hardee's
  • Taco Bell Volcano Nachos 10 of 10
    Taco Bell Volcano Nachos
    You might think that it wouldn't be in Taco Bell's best interests to remind potential customers of violent eruptions, but in fact, they've seen fit to introduce a line of "volcano" products. Volcano nachos, for instance, clock in at 980 calories and are remarkable for how little food you seem to get for all those calories. When I eat 980 calories, I at least want to be full.
    Make your own nachos at home
    See more over-the-top fast foods over on The Daily Meal
    Image Credit: Taco Bell

 

For more from The Daily Meal, check out Top Food Predictions for 201210 Awesome Things Food Bloggers Did in 2011, and America’s 10 Best Cookies.

Image Credit: Jeff Padrick/Klug Studio

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