What Does 2000 Calories Look Like? You Might Be Surprised

updated May 30, 2019
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For many people, 2000 calories is around the number of calories you should consume in a day. But what does that even look like? BuzzFeed made a simple video to illustrate how many — or in some cases, how few — servings of various types of food equal 2000 calories. Ready to be surprised?

It isn’t too shocking to learn that four large orders of McDonald’s fries or two giant Chipotle burritos will fulfill your energy needs for the day, but even I’m surprised that just 2.27 Cinnabon cinnamon buns equals 2000 calories, or that seven assorted bagels have almost the same number of calories as seven glazed doughnuts.

Of course, good eating habits go beyond just calorie-counting, but this is an interesting way of visualizing the numbers we see on food labels. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out the WiseGeek post that inspired this video:

Were you surprised by any of the numbers in this video?

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