The Diet Detective: A Lesson in Calorie Counting

What you get for about 450 calories

Minutes to walk it off* = 117

  • ? an Applebee's Grilled Steak Caesar Salad without the dressing
  • 1 Subway 6-inch Italian B.M.T.
  • 1 Burger King BK Veggie Burger with Cheese

OK. So now you know the cost of a few foods. See how many of these portion equivalents you get right.

1. One Starbucks Chocolate Chunk Cookie =

a. 100 calories

b. 245 calories

c. 360 calories

d. 625 calories

2. One Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar =

a. 350 calories

b. 150 calories

c. 210 calories

d. 100 calories

3. One Starbucks Butter Croissant =

a. 175 calories

b. 310 calories

c. 425 calories

d. 220 calories

4. Which has the most calories (about 1,200)?

a. Dairy Queen Chicken Quesadilla Basket

b. Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Fries

c. Dairy Queen Oreo Cookies Blizzard - Large

d. Dairy Queen Shake, Chocolate - Large

5. Which has the most calories (800 calories)?

a. Burger King's Double Bacon Cheeseburger

b. Burger King's Tendercrisps Chicken Sandwich

c. Burger King's Vanilla Milk Shake (32-ounce, Large)

d. Burger King's BK Chicken Fries (12 pieces)

Answer key: 1-c, 2-d, 3-b, 4-a, 5-b

*All exercise equivalents are based on a 155-pound person


CHARLES STUART PLATKIN, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a nutrition and public health advocate and founder of Copyright 2010 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved. Sign up for the free Diet Detective newsletter at

Charles Stuart Platkin is an Active Expert, nutrition and public health advocate, author of the best seller Breaking the Pattern (Plume, 2005), Breaking the FAT Pattern (Plume, 2006) and Lighten Up (Penguin USA/Razorbill, 2006) and founder of Integrated Wellness Solutions. Sign up for The Diet Detective newsletter free at

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