Health I tried eating fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week — and felt sick after day one

08:23  05 december  2017
08:23  05 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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I tried to eat fast food for every meal for a week and failed miserably. I felt sick after the first day . Eating nothing but fast food made me feel sluggish, bloated, and even gave me heartburn.

I eat only a little something for breakfast but I start to feel sick a little over halfway through. Because of this, I have been skipping lunch and dinner . I tried to eat only vegan fast food for a week — and my failure revealed one of the industry's biggest mistakes. After day one , I realized that eating the

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Who doesn't love fast food? Sure, it may not be the healthiest for you, but it's quick, cheap, and often delicious.

After trying various diets in the name of journalism, like Khloe Kardashian's and Kim Kardashian's, and even going vegan for a week, I was ready to indulge. I set out with the goal of eating nothing but fast food for every meal during the course of a week just to prove to myself that I could. 

You've probably heard of the health documentary Super Size Me, where Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's for a month. Spoiler alert: It doesn't end well. But what about eating fast food for just one week? It can't be that bad for you, right? Some people even swear by junk food diets, claiming they even helped them lose weight.

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Day 3 Total (only including breakfast and lunch ): Calories: 250. Fat: 3g. Almost everything was either so sugary and greasy that I felt sick after eating it, or it was so unsatisfying that it left me feeling hungry immediately after .

Excited to see what the week would entail, I started at Wendy's and ordered one of their honey butter chicken biscuits for breakfast.

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Excited to see what the week would entail, I started at Wendy's and ordered one of their honey butter chicken biscuits for breakfast.

I am a huge fan of biscuits, so this one hit the spot. The biscuit had just the right amount of flakiness and the chicken had a hint of sweetness that took it over the top. Coming in at $3.04, it was very economical and I was full until lunch. So far, so good.

When lunch came around, I decided to eat at one of New York's most iconic fast food restaurants, Shake Shack. Although I believe Shake Shack is overrated, it is one of the closest fast food restaurants to my office, and still pretty tasty.

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I tried to eat only vegan fast food for a week — and my failure revealed one of the industry's biggest mistakes. After day one , I realized that eating the right amount of nutrients would be nearly impossible unless I wanted to snack on french fries all day.

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The first time I tried Shake Shack, I got a single burger and it left me wanting more. This time I learned from my mistake and ordered a double ShackBurger with a side of fries. It cost $11.34.

I was stuffed.

Between the fried chicken biscuit in the morning and the massive burger and fries at lunch, I started to feel sick. Before you call me dramatic, I typically eat a pretty healthy diet, so all the oil and salt was really doing a number on my stomach. I felt extremely bloated and sleepy — much like what one typically feels like after Thanksgiving dinner.

After work, I couldn't imagine eating another fast food meal. I went straight to my apartment to change and headed out for a jog. I was exhausted, but I thought maybe some exercise would help me feel better.

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I tried to eat only vegan fast food for a week — and If Chick-fil-A wasn't around the corner, I would have been stuck with McDonald's oatmeal for breakfast and Wendy's french fries and salads for lunch and dinner . Almost everything was either so sugary and greasy that I felt sick after eating it, or it

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That jog was one of the toughest of my life. I had major heartburn and had to turn around several miles before I normally do. I am in pretty good shape, so I was convinced the fast food was the culprit of my heartburn. 

Despite exercising, I was bloated. I decided to skip my fast food dinner and make a plate of sauteed kale and an egg before bed. I was craving something green and natural and decided to listen to my body.

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Despite cheating, I woke up the next morning determined to go back to my fast food diet and headed straight to McDonald's. The kale the night before eased my conscious a little, but I still felt bloated and gross.

A fan of biscuits, I ordered McDonald's sausage biscuit along with a yogurt parfait. Yogurt is a healthier option, so I desperately hoped it would help settle my stomach a bit.

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I have three beers after work and, a bit too buzzed to hunt down Feedback food , eat leftovers for dinner . That counts as food reclamation, right? Day Two. Still too late to make the coffee-run side-quest. I buy breakfast again. For lunch , my options are again limited.

So I decided to see for myself how the chains, and my stomach, held up after a week of eating only at fast - food restaurants. My first and most important rule was that I could eat only at fast - food chains. ( I would consume at least three meals a day .)

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I was wrong. The biscuit and parfait were delicious, but I had to fold. There was no way I was going to be able to eat fast food for the entire week, so I decided to put myself out of my misery already.

The verdict:

Eating nothing but fast food made me feel sluggish, bloated, and even gave me heartburn. This makes sense because eating such sodium packed meals is known to make your body retain water, which can make you feel puffy. Fast food is also high in sugar, which can explain why I felt so tired. Sugar is also one of the worst foods for heartburn.

Although the food was tasty, its effects on my body repulsed me. I don't know how the "Super Size Me" guy did it. 

After just three meals, I don't think I can look at another burger or biscuit for a long time.

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This Is What Fast Food Actually Does to Your Immune System .
***ImagePlaceholder*** http://www.besthealthmag.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Fast-food-burger-chicken-nuggets-pop.jpg photo credit: shutterstock Don’t get enough sleep? Booze too much? Stressing out? These everyday habits could be ruining your immune system, but the worst culprit may be your fast food habit. A recent study out of the University of Bonn suggests that a typical 'Western diet' (a lot of red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and not much fiber -- basically synonymous with fast food) can kick the immune system into overdrive, causing inflammation. The study, published in the journal, Cell, goes on to connect that inflammatory response to serious conditions like cardiovascular diseases (read: stroke or heart attack) and type 2 diabetes, which itself can lead to cardiovascular diseases, as reported by Science Daily. Researchers, led by Eicke Latz, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Innate Immunity of the University of Bonn in Germany, placed mice on a Western diet and observed that after only one month, the mice had an inflammatory response akin to that triggered by a serious bacterial infection. 'Fast food thus causes the body to quickly recruit a huge and powerful army,' noted the University of Bonn's press release, as that process notably increases the immune cells in the mice's blood. Even worse? The immune response isn't reversible, the scientists discovered.

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