The Worst Food in America (Plus: Sydney Launch Party)


This could feed 10 Victoria’s Secret models for 10 weeks.

If you want to follow the opposite of my slow-carb diet for fat-loss, I suggest the following:

The Worst Food in America
Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing
2,900 calories
182 g fat
240 g carbs

It’s the caloric equivalent of eating 14 Krispy Kreme doughnuts before your dinner arrives. And we blame genetics for our fat asses.

“Even if you split this ‘starter’ with 3 friends, you’ll have downed a meal’s worth of calories.” (Source: Men’s Health with hat tip to Lee McPeck)


Sydney Party this Friday at 6pm! Sign up ASAP…

The location is still TBD, but the Sydney launch party will be this Friday from 6-9pm. The London bash had more than 150 people show up, and the limit on this one is just 50-100, so please be sure to sign up here ASAP:

Sign up today or tomorrow, as sign-up ends at 3pm AUS time on the 15th. It’s going to ROCK, so bring lots of joie de vivre for one hell of a party :)

Posted on: May 13, 2008.

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88 comments on “The Worst Food in America (Plus: Sydney Launch Party)

  1. If you happen to be in Adelaide this weekend and want your tango fix, then come up to the Mount Osmond Golf Club for a traditional Buenos Aires style milonga on Saturday night.
    Un abrazo,


  2. @ peter – that was a comment on one of Tim’s posts, not a quote from Tim :) he has posted about eating pizza with cheese and a whole post about chocolate…

    Random question, Tim, some tips about dealing with jet lag? You’re on the other side of the earth – how do you sleep? :)



  3. I believe that the Canadian equivalent to this would be poutine – a good heaping portion of fries with whole cheese curds topped with hot gravy….mmm artery clogging…mmmm…..


  4. The most decadent hive of carbohydrate villainy I’ve encountered on one of my annual six month sabbaticals was ‘The Beacon’ in Spartanburg,SC They put your juicy grease-laden burger on a dinner plate and then pile it so high with fries half of them end up on the tray. It was amazing and worth a few weeks of extra running to burn it off. On that trip we also passed through the south. Louisiana and Savana,GA added a few extra pounds too!

    — Greg


  5. Hey Tim, looking forward to meeting you on Friday night. If you have time it would be great to get a few shots of you for a martial arts magazine that I freelance for. I’ve bounced the idea off the editor for an article on your worldwide training experiences including that hysterical chinese kickboxing experience, if you are interested


  6. Tim:

    A bit off topic but I’m wondering where that gun range in Vietnam was that i remember you visited. I’m currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and they offer a similar service but at a price that could feed them for years, fix their roads, etc. I’m headed to Vietnam in a couple days and think maybe I should wait until then… Let me know! Thanks man.


    PS Got some good Muay Thai in, in Thailand… wish i had more time to train.


  7. Cheesey fries, get them (or dont) from your local fish an chip shop =]

    Registered one the 2nd intake for the Friday meet!!


  8. FOR TIM – the Jam Room has a dress code, it might not be a bad idea to send another email to the list, so they don’t get turned away and spoil your debut…Jim…0412 214 005


  9. Hi Tim,

    Was at you book launch in Sydney earlier this evening. Unfortunatelty I arrived an hour and a half late :-/ Did manage to meet some very nice / interesting people though.

    I left my job in an IT sweatshop six months ago and in that time I’ve done this…

    Look forward to reading your book. Enjoy Oz and check out Melbourne if you can.




  10. Wow, that’s insane. I was disappointed when I recently read that the Classic Italian sub at Quiznos was ranked the 15th worst food for your health, because I love that sub! But they were talking about the large size, which I couldn’t possibly eat even on a dare. Even the medium is pretty darn big! Why do we have to eat so much?


  11. …just back from California where hospital beds are being redesigned to cope with tonnage (i.e.seismic impact from above as well as below). the piled-high boxes of Krispy Kremes being carted onto west-bound planes out of Sydney by increasingly portly passengers indicates Australia is romping rapidly into chubsville at an impressive rate as well


  12. …just back from California where hospital beds are being redesigned to cope with tonnage (i.e.seismic impact from above as well as below). the piled-high boxes of Krispy Kremes being carted onto west-bound planes out of Sydney by increasingly portly passengers indicates Australia is romping rapidly into chubsville at an impressive rate as well


  13. DAMMIT!

    I’m in Sydney on a mini-retirement and JUST saw this, one day late!!!

    Will you be doing anything else in Sydney Tim???


  14. Hi Tim,

    Fun party at Jam last night. Great to meet you and discuss your views on the effect social media has had on your success.

    I have posted here on the topic.

    Have a great stay Down Under and keep up the great contrarian thinking.



  15. I really really like the book! I am reading it over and over! I am having a problem, however, finding a product to resell. I cannot seem to get started! Any ideas I have had are scattered. Could you suggest how to get in gear?
    Thank you


  16. Outback was conceived by a University of Maryland student, it is not an Aussie franchise. It’s comical that many Americans tend to mention Outback as the first thing they can relate to Australia.


  17. Hi Tim,

    Would love to have a beer, if your still in Sydney many very interesting concepts to talk about.

    I cant believe I missed you this time around, I’m hopeing that Twitter is inaccurate and your still in sydney.



  18. I can has melted cheez?

    I miss the shape I was in when I lived on Venice Beach and worked out at Gold’s Gym. But I love the cheese fries. And the fried cheese. I haven’t ever been to Outback Steak House, but that picture makes me want to go.

    Now, if only I could have both.


  19. Hello Tim,
    Are you crossing the Tasman when you’re over in Oz?
    People here in New Zealand would very much like to meet you.



  20. HiTim,


  21. Was house-hunting in Silicon Valley, my realtor mentioned with pride how he found me a home near an Outback, so I could eat Aussie food.I’m a homesick Aussie, but not as sick as that stuff they call ‘food’.


  22. I hate to tell you this but Outback has an even worse one than that. The bloomin onions are pure fat and breading and an astounding 3148 calories.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size: 1/4 Onion With Dipping Sauce

    Amount per Serving


    Calories 787 Calories from Fat 632


    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 70.3g 108%
    Saturated Fat 10.9g 54%
    Cholesterol 77mg 26%
    Sodium 1261mg 53%
    Potassium 266mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrate 33.2g 11%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 6.8g
    Protein 8.1g 16%


    Vitamin A 15%
    Vitamin C 7%
    Calcium 14%
    Iron 24%
    Thiamin (B1) 30%
    Niacin (B3) 23%
    Folic Acid (Folate) 38%
    Magnesium 9%


    Est. Percent of Calories from:
    Fat 80.4% Carbs 16.9%
    Protein 4.1%

    To top it off, they aren’t even good, the dipping sauce is the puke from people who ate too many chili fries.


  23. Alright, but here’s the real question: Can this be eaten on the “day off” each week while on the Tim Ferriss Diet?? According to the dieting rules, it would seem like a viable option on that day…


  24. Hi there,

    2,900 calories! That is absolutely insane! Do people actual eat that in one go! As you said, even if you split that between 3 people, you still have eaten way too much saturated fat!

    High cholestrol will be a major problem there I think if you eat that often. Great blog by the way. Really informative and I enjoy reading your posts. They are very helpful

    Hope you to hear a lot more from you.



  25. I’m from the south and my mom cooked with lard her whole life.Lard is much better to cook with than vegetable shortenings.Lard makes food taste much better.Using lard to make pie crust and biscuits;will be the best tasting you will have ever had.Both my parents lived to be in their 80s.Their diet isn’t what killed them!If you have ever owned a fry daddy or any other type deep fryer;have you ever noticed the dirty crusted part around the top.You can’t get it clean without taking a knife or something sharp to scrape it off and it looks like plastic.Think of that in your arteries;at least lard stays melted and moves through your system.