Being able to eat fast food every day and not suffer any consequences sounds like the dream. Sadly this is a life very few can dream, and even fewer can live.
There have been many attempts to try and justify a life of saturated fats and salty food – with the introduction of low fat, vegetarian, “healthy” and vegan options being sold at fast food establishments, but the truth is that unless you exercise and watch what you eat, your weight and body isn’t going to change the way you want it to.
Unless you’re actively looking to put on a few pounds.
Despite all of this, a man who ate McDonald’s for a week straight has revealed that he actually lost weight instead of gaining it. British YouTuber Mike Jeavons ate at the fast-food chain for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days, which set him back a pretty $140.
While this may sound a little like Super Size Me, this Briton says he did not “gorge” on McDonald’s. Instead, he stuck to a 2,000-calorie daily limit and was mindful of salt, fat, and sugar intake. At the end of the experiment, Jeavons claims to have lost five pounds.
By way of comparison, Morgan Spurlock, the man behind Super Size Me, ate about 5,000 calories at the Golden Arches every day for 30 days, gaining a drastic 25 pounds in the process.
“I wanted to do things differently and see if I could be happy, full, have a varied diet on McDonald’s, and I kind of proved that that’s a difficult thing to do,” Jeavons said on YouTube. “McDonald’s isn’t intended to be eaten three meals a day, seven days a week, but now we know.”
By day three, Jeavons started having stomach problems because of all the fatty foods he was consuming. According to one UK news outlet, much of this was also attributed to the amount of diet soda he was drinking.
“To keep everything in line with the recommended daily allowances, I had to save calories where I could,” he said, according to the outlet. “Because I was eating so much fat, zero-calorie drinks were a savior, though they did make me feel ill after a while.”
The 33-year-old ate everything from hotcakes and McMuffins to salad and Big Macs from March 21 to March 28. After the challenge was complete, Jeavons didn’t want McDonald’s at all, but says he had some random cravings.
“I’m just so sick of it,” he said on YouTube. “I don’t want any more even though I really do. I felt like I had cravings, but I wouldn’t even put it even remotely close to what I imagine someone with an addiction kind of feels.”
Now, the vlogger eats “regular” things like porridge, pasta Mug Shots with fruit, and lasagna. But he’s still testing out other fads and products on his YouTube channel, including the Slimming World diet, Kinder Surprise drinks, and a cat face massager. Yes: cat face massager. You read that correctly.