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Fried foods

Let’s be honest, anything fried is a comfort food for so many of us. These days, people seem to deep fry anything. Here are some very well-known deep fried food items and how many steps it would take to burn them off.

All conversions are based on a 2,000 steps/mile average for a person weighing 150lbs.

Mozzarella Sticks

Though made with an Italian cheese, mozzarella sticks are not from Italy (surprise, surprise). These deep fried cheese sticks were first created in France! An order of mozzarella sticks from Applebee’s contains 920 calories. It would take 21,521 steps to burn these calories off.

How to burn it off
  • 3 rounds of: 100 jumping jacks, 100 mountain climbers, 100 crunches, 50
 squats, 50 burpees, 5 min jump rope, and 5 min of high knees

21,521 Steps

Fried Oreos

The name Charlie Boghosian might not sound familiar to you but he is the name behind one of the greatest inventions of all time—the fried Oreo. He said he walked down the aisles at the grocery store looking for different foods to deep fry. Entrepreneurship at its finest. Four fried Oreos from BD’s Mongolian Grill have 700 calories, which would take 16,375 steps to burn off.

How to burn it off
  • 60 minute intense spinning class
  • 45 minute full-body HIIT workout

16,375 Steps

Fried Pickles

Fried pickles were first made in 1960 at Duchess Drive In in Atkins, Arkansas and America will forever be thankful. It takes 21,053 steps to burn off the 900 calories in an order of fried pickles from Buffalo Wild Wings.

How to burn it off
  • 60 minute run at 7.5mph
  • 60 minute full body circuit (upper body, lower body, and cardio)

21,053 Steps


Corndogs were made in 1927 by Stanley S. Jenkins and have become a staple for state fairs and carnivals ever since. One corndog contains around 225 calories and would take you 5,264 steps to burn off.

How to burn it off
  • 30 minutes of biking
  • 30 minutes of dancing

5,264 Steps

Cheese Curds

Cheese curds, sometimes known as “squeaky cheese”, came to be by complete accident. Cheese makers wanted to make a cholesterol product from soured milk and instead got a really popular snack. There are 510 calories in a regular sized order of cheese curds from Culver’s. It would take you 11,930 steps to burn off these calories.

How to burn it off
  • 60 minutes vinyasa-style yoga
  • 60 minutes of Zumba

11,930 Steps

Fried Chicken

Ever wonder who you can thank for fried chicken? It’s the Scottish. A chicken leg, thigh, and breast from Popeyes comes to a total 820 calories. It will take 19,182 steps to burn these calories off.

How to burn it off
  • 60 minutes of rowing
  • 45 minute hill sprint circuit: sprint up a hill, do 10 reps of a full-body exercise
 (burpees, jump squats, etc.), sprint back down, and repeat.

19,182 Steps

Bloomin’ Onion

Unsurprisingly, this appetizer is known as one of the most unhealthy items you could possibly order at a restaurant. A whole Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse contains 1,950 calories (!!!). It’ll take an easy 45,615 steps to burn that whole thing off.

How to burn it off
  • 3 hour run at 6mph

45,615 Steps


It is hard to resist some deep-fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, especially when it’s so easy to hold in your hand. A churro, on average, contains about 116 calories. It would take you 2,713 steps to burn that off.

How to burn it off
  • 30 minutes of stretching
  • 10 minutes of jumping rope

2,713 Steps

Deep Fried Mac & Cheese

People deep fry anything—including mac & cheese! Unsurprisingly, the outcome is delicious but also dangerously high in calories. There are 735 calories in a package of Trader Joe’s Mac & Cheese bites. It’ll take 17,193 steps to burn these calories off.

How to burn it off
  • 45 minutes of swimming
  • 75 minutes on the elliptical

17,193 Steps

French Fries

No one actually knows where french fries originated, but everyone has a different opinion on who makes their favorite fries. It takes 8,539 stepsto burn off the 365 calories in an average medium sized serving of french fries.

How to burn it off
  • 60 minutes casually biking
  • 30 minutes jumping rope

8,539 Steps

The massive pleasure your taste buds experience from fried foods comes along with some massive calories. Only you can decide if it’s worth it.

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Nothing tastes as good as 10K steps a day.

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