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What Happens to Your Body When You Eat the Average American Diet

Not healthy at all.

Find out what happens to your body when you eat the average American diet.

But what is the average American diet? The United States of America is a huge place, so the average American diet can mean different things to different people. The Buff Dudes decided to try the foods that you can find in any grocery store within the country.

The Buff Dudes is a YouTube channel with over 2.5 million subscribers. Despite the name of the channel, brothers Hudson and Brandon White are not your stereotypical bro-gym. They deliver clear information with a good background story while poking fun at how buffed they are.

See below how it all went down.

What Happens to Your Body When You Eat the Average American Diet

First, the Buff Dudes went grocery shopping for the average American diet. That means breakfast cereal, pop tarts, energy drinks, frozen pizza and much more.

During this time, they also went to a popular fast food chain to eat regular-size meals there.

During the video you will see below, the Buff Dudes talked about how nutrition is the key part not only if you are trying to lose weight or be healthy, but also if you want to build muscle.

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After microwaveable meals (corn dogs, pizza, wraps.) In conclusion, the average American diet they did was full of sugar, caffeine, and fat.

See their video below to check out the entire experience.

At the end of the video, you can see each of the dudes’ breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.

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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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