I tried Getting Lean by Eating Only Fast Food, Here’s What Happened

Surprised much?

Check out the story of a guy who tried getting lean by eating only fast food for a full week. See the results for yourself.

Who is this guy we are talking about? Brandon White. He is one of the halves of the famous YouTube channel Buff Dudes. Together with his brother Hudson, they usually poke fun at how strong they are while delivering intelligent and concise information on how to get fitter and stronger.

But, as you can imagine, the video he uploaded talking about eating nothing but fast food for an entire week and still trying to get lean is more fun and less about what people should be doing.

Everyone knows by now that eating fast food is not good for your body, no matter what your goals in life are. Even if you are trying to gain weight, eating fast food will make you fat, instead of gaining weight, which is very different.

Eating only fast food can have serious detrimental effects on one’s body. Fast food notoriously has poor nutritional value (high in unhealthy fats and added sugar), put you at risk of suffering chronic diseases (type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and even cancer), can decrease your gut microbiome (poor in fibre), and create an unhealthy eating habit as fast food can make you binge eat and get addicted to more high-palatable food that is poor in micronutrients.

I tried Getting Lean by Eating Only Fast Food, Here’s What Happened

As the title above suggests, this is Brandon’s first-hand account of what happened to him while eating only fast food for a full week.

He ate nothing but fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days straight. His days were divided like this:

  1. McDonald’s
  2. Taco Bell
  3. Chick Fill A
  4. Burger King
  5. Subway
  6. Kentucky Fried Chicken
  7. Dominos

Brandon tried to get in better shape while eating all this, tried to keep his macros correct and even figured out if eating fast food is cheaper than whole healthy food.

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He started weighing 217.4 pounds (98.6 kilos) and he gained only 1 pound at the end of one week (a bit less than half a kilo) even though he was practically eating less calories than he normally would. Brandon attributes that to the sodium intake and possible water retention.

Surprisingly, Brandon looks a little bit leaner at the end of one week. Taco Bell was the food chain that was less friendly to his digestion and Burger King turned out to be the cheapest.

Source: Sander Dalhuisen on Unsplash

“As in getting in better shape, I believe it is possible but only if you stick with certain fast food places or options and track everything you eat, so it’s very limited and could get very pricey.”

Check out his full description of each day and how he felt in the video below.

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What Constitutes a Bad Diet?

Although it might seem like a broad and general question, a bad diet is simply one that is not optimised to help you achieve the results you want.

If you want to lose weight, a bad diet is based on eating high-caloric food making it difficult for you to keep a caloric deficit (a must for fat loss). If you want to gain weight, a bad diet would be the opposite and so on.

Either way, your eating pattern is the base on which you will work. A bad diet is like trying to build a house on sand – much more difficult than it has to be.

nutritional basics crossfit pyramidSource: CrossFit Inc
Crossfit pyramid with nutrition at the base

However, there are a couple of points that would constitute a bad diet regardless of what your goal is. A bad diet is one that is high in unhealthy foods and lacks the necessary nutrients to support optimal health:

  • High in processed foods: A diet high in processed foods, such as fast food, sugary drinks, and packaged snacks, is often high in calories, sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. These foods lack nutrients and can contribute to chronic health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
  • Low in fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. A diet that is low in these foods can lead to nutrient deficiencies and increase the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Excessive calorie intake: Consuming more calories than your body needs on a regular basis can lead to weight gain and other health problems, even if you are bulking.
  • Too much sugar: Consuming high amounts of added sugars, such as those found in soda, candy, and baked goods, can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
  • Too much unhealthy fat: Diets that are high in saturated and trans fats can increase the risk of heart disease and other chronic health problems.
  • Lack of balance: A balanced diet includes a variety of foods that provide all the nutrients your body needs. A diet that lacks balance can lead to nutrient deficiencies and other health problems.

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Eating fast food can lead to various problems and negative effects on health. Here are some common issues associated with consuming fast food:

  1. Poor Nutritional Value: Fast food is often high in unhealthy fats, added sugars, sodium, and low in essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Regularly consuming such food can result in a poor overall diet lacking the necessary nutrients for optimal health.
  2. Weight Gain and Obesity: Fast food is typically calorie-dense and can contribute to weight gain and obesity when consumed in excess. These foods are often high in refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, which can lead to increased calorie intake and a higher risk of obesity-related health conditions.
  3. Increased Risk of Chronic Diseases: Regularly consuming fast food has been linked to an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. The excessive amounts of unhealthy fats, sodium, and added sugars in fast food can contribute to the development of these conditions.
  4. Poor Heart Health: Fast food consumption is associated with elevated levels of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and triglycerides, leading to an increased risk of heart disease and cardiovascular problems. The high sodium content in fast food can also contribute to high blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease.
  5. Digestive Issues: Fast food is often low in fibre, which is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. This can lead to digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, and discomfort.
  6. Negative Impact on Mental Health: Research suggests that a diet high in fast food and processed foods may be associated with an increased risk of depression and other mental health disorders. Conversely, a diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, is linked to better mental well-being.
  7. Food Additives and Preservatives: Fast food often contains various additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients to enhance flavour, texture, and shelf life. These additives may have negative health effects for some individuals, including allergic reactions and sensitivities.
  8. Unhealthy Eating Habits: Regularly consuming fast food can contribute to the development of unhealthy eating habits, such as relying on convenience foods and neglecting nutritious meals. These habits can further perpetuate a cycle of poor dietary choices and negatively impact overall health and well-being.

It’s important to note that occasional consumption of fast food in moderation may not have severe consequences. However, making healthier food choices and focusing on a balanced diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods is generally recommended for maintaining good health and preventing long-term health problems.

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