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

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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.

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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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I tried to eat like Beyonce for the week to see what it was like. Lunch was leftover chili. Surprisingly, even after a few helpings over the course of a few days , I wasn't sick of it yet. It was still as tasty as it had been the first night I ate it for dinner .

2) What do you typically eat for breakfast , lunch , and dinner ? I tend to eat 5-6 "snacks" each day rather than meals, but to be helpful I don't eat fast food unless I 'm traveling, and I know the nutritional content of what I do eat . Likewise, if I eat at a chain restaurant, I look up nutritional info

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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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day , and if you eat dinner with your family, you will keep your girlish figure and your kids will be healthier. And our dogmatic adherence to breakfast , lunch , and dinner might actually be making us sick .

However, I can drink and eat frozen food ( i .e. Ice Cream, Ice) but everything that I have for breakfast / lunch / dinner makes me feel overly sick !

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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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For the first couple of months I only walked on the treadmill for 30min each time, 3 days a week and eventually as I got more comfortable, I began to extend my time and try different cardio machines. The first eating habit change that I made was Eliminating fast food .

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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 consumed nothing but fast food for a week , and it was the easiest and cheapest diet plan I 've ever tried . 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.

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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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