What Happened When I Ate Nothing But “Healthy” Fast Food For A Week


– Fast food is cheap and convenient. But hidden in between
the burgers and tacos are some “healthy” options: salads, grilled chicken,
yogurts, oatmeal, power burritos. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? I spent a week eating nothing
but these “healthy” fast foods and I lost six-and-a-half pounds. But even though I lost
about a pound a day, it didn’t really go well. I live in New York City, a place with every possible
food you could want. Eating healthy here, it’s a breeze. But across America, there are more than
200,000 fast food joints, and they’re bringing in more than $200 billion a year in sales. And no matter where you go, you’re never far from a place
like McDonald’s or Taco Bell. But in recent years, consumers want better, healthier choices, and the traditional fast food places have been losing customers to those fast casual healthy options. The rules were pretty simple: Eat every major meal at a
national fast food chain and stick to the healthy options. McDonald’s, Wendy’s,
Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, and Chick-fil-A; nothing but them for a week. Yeah, I lost almost seven pounds, but let’s take a close
look at the numbers. On a normal day, I’m eating
around 2,500 calories. An adult man should be having about 2,400 to 2,600 calories a day. But on this fast food plan,
my calories plummeted. Most of these meals came
in under 400 calories, and that was one of my first problems. I’d eat and just a couple
hours later, I was starving. And I had days when I didn’t
eat more than 1,000 calories. Now, some of these meals were really good. My favorite was this
grilled chicken market salad from Chick-fil-A. It had blueberries, strawberries, apples; it was delicious and it
was actually healthy. However, a lot of the other salads from Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s were loaded with salt, often more than 50% of what I needed for the
entire day, from a salad. In fact, excess salt was
a problem the entire week. I thought I had hit the jackpot with Taco Bell’s al Fresco menu. They take off all the
cheese and mayo-based sauces and replace it with
lettuce and pico de gallo. One night I got tacos, another night I got a
power cantina burrito, and these were meals with
more protein than usual. So, I felt like I was getting enough food. They were good, too good. It was all salt. In fact, just one burrito
had almost as much salt as I needed in just one day. The American Heart Association says we should limit our sodium to about 2,300 milligrams a day, but the ideal is closer
to 1,500 milligrams a day, especially for a person like
me with high blood pressure. But if you look at my sodium
intake, it was high every day, yet I was barely getting
the calories I needed. If I wanted to keep the
sodium down, I was starving. If I wanted to feel full,
salt through the roof. You see, that’s an issue
in the fast food industry. Wendy’s even acknowledges on their website that there’s going to be a trade-off between salt and flavor. It was weird. I didn’t feel healthy at
all throughout the week, even though I was eating
healthy foods and losing weight. And on the last day, I had this massive headache
that was just infuriating. These places, they’re supposed to be tasty, cheap, and convenient. But it wasn’t cheap. Every healthy option was
expensive, but left me hungry. For eight grilled nuggets and this tiny kale salad
at Chick-fil-A, $12. For the power Mediterranean
salad at Wendy’s, it was almost $8, yet I
could get a cheeseburger, nuggets, fries, and a soda for only $4. That brings me to another problem. Walk into McDonald’s and you get hit with that sweet, sweet french fry smell, and I had to get a salad. Would I recommend this to anyone? Nope, unless you’re stuck on
the road with no other options. Though there was a bright
spot: breakfast at Subway. They have these
egg-white-and-cheese sandwiches, which I got covered in
spinach and peppers. And let me tell you, it was good. But after all this, I
just want a cheeseburger. (light orchestral music)

100 thoughts on “What Happened When I Ate Nothing But “Healthy” Fast Food For A Week

  1. Fastfood and healthy..will never get along ever😅…lol…only real healthy food in this world are organic foods that you grow on your own farm

  2. 2000-2600 calories a day if u work… not if u sit on ur ass all day recording videos. if u dont do nothing the healthy food works… but if u are used to eat 5000 calories a day ofcourse the moment u starve urself …. u feel not "healthy" is like swapping the gasoline in ur car for gas.

  3. Why is he still eating there? He said it's all shit even the 'healthy' options and now he continues eating the ever more unhealthy shit.. wtf

  4. So what does this fat guy normally eat? He lost 7 pounds lol. Maybe you should stick to this diet. why did I even watch this stupid video. Go do some cardio fatties.

  5. I'm no sure if he knows this but he could have just you know…made his own food. He could have made a healthy full 3 course meal for under $10.

  6. calories, fat and salt aren't dangerous in fact we need more salt than the American health association says, I've eaten more than 2× daily salt amount for months and I was healthy, sugar and carbs are the problem.

  7. Starving from low calorie foods isn’t there problem, it’s yours. Just eat more of the healthy shit or maybe increase your protein intake

  8. How about "slightly less unhealthy" 😂🤣😆 …none of that fuckery is good for you or even remotely healthy.

  9. I have tried to like Burger King but there's obviously a BIG reason why it's not as big as McDonalds, and that's SALT. I actually got pissed eating the Angry Whopper a few days ago, as a person who doesn't eat burger king ever, i decided I'd finally give them a try and I had major stomach pains and headaches a day after eating that burger, like jesus one of those burgers has enough salt to paint a days worth of food with salt. If you don't want high blood pressure or hypertension when you grow up, do yourself a favor and never eat at Burger King. If not, BK step up your damn game.

  10. Based on this guys appearance he is overweight at best, and possibly obese. A person his weight should be consuming a deficit of calories to lose weight. Additionally, if he is used to consuming larger volumes of food, his stomach will be larger, and he will not feel satiated when consuming an appropriate volume of food at first; it takes time for your body to adjust.

    This video felt like a way for him to relieve his guilt about being overweight and unhealthy.

  11. While he’s eating healthy

    I’m sitting in the corner eating a whole box of cookies and a tub of ice cream crying

  12. Calorie deficit is a good thing. Drink more water. Lose weight. The human body can survive days not eating, with your body fat you could easily go 20 days fasting only drinking water. Also, you can have your cheese burger. Just take the buns off, just lower your daily carb intake and your body will be forced to go into ketosis and use fat for fuel.

  13. the headache is withdrawal from the unhealthy lifestyle you are used to living in.
    You have more than enough fat on your body to withstand 1200 calories a day for 2-3 months.
    Your blood pressure will drop due to weight loss and the amount of salt will not raise it back to the levels you have with all that weight.

  14. They go into more depth in the FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY SUPER SIZE ME. Plagarism at it's worst.

    Also it's impossible to say you're starving, be honest.

  15. See ? Foods like these are a scam !
    You're way better off with an actual burger combo and a normal soda

  16. This video is sponsored by fast food company..don't misguide people junk food is very bad for your health.

  17. As weird as it sounds I enjoy apples and cinnamon oatmeal 1 bag a day for breakfast over any processed nasty food and oatmeal is good for the heart and good the pooper . My lunch is healthy with peanut butter and jelly and some chips glass of water dinner is fries and chicken seasoned with garlic and little salt

  18. Cut down sugar you'll lose 5 pounds a week as well and you'll have improved mood as well after the hangover ofc

  19. Yeah the combo salads were expensive but a lot of these places have value menu side salads that are like $2-3 each so get two and that's a $3-4 salad and they usually don't have the unhealthy accoutrement that the meal versions have

  20. dont actually try this
    low amount of calories make your body go into "starvation mode"
    starvation mode is when your body stocks up fat for when you actually start starving and have no food.
    doing this diet would cause you to gain more fat and lose muscle

  21. The reason most ‘healthy’ options are more expensive is because they aren’t loaded with fake crap and chemicals. Plus, even if it’s a salad, doesn’t make it healthy.

  22. What poor presentation. Maybe stop eating fast food entirely and just cook something actually healthy at home? Unhealthy fast food is cheap because it's easy to make garbage and add a chalkful of garbage seasoning that keeps you addicted and coming back for more. These places want to keep you fat and want you to keep giving them money.

  23. 2:52 stop listening to American health and food recommendation, they're so way off, take a look on actual scientific data and you'll see that 1,500mg per day actually increases way more the risk of heart diseas than 4,000mg per day. And I'm talking about sodium, not salt which is not exactly the same thing

  24. My favorite salad is a handful of rucula, and a handful of spinach. Mix with shredded carrots, cucumber and other veggies. Dice an apple and sprinkle olive oil and vinegear, maybe add some beans. Definitely avocados are always welcome. In short lots of real greens and veggies, with some fruit for sweetness.

  25. Shiiiit I do me about 3-4 Muscle Milks threw out the day, then I'll eat a actual meal as my dinner, (Fitlife meals) some days Ill eat a little more , and I am super active. 60+miles a week on the fixed gear.

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