I Ate Nothing But Garbage For A Week And Here’s What Happened

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Overweight and obesity are major public health problems in the United States and many other countries. The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically in recent years. In the United States, the prevalence of obesity among adults increased from 15.0% in 2005 to 36.5% in 2018. In 2018, about 93.3 million adults (39.8%) were obese.

The health consequences of obesity are serious and costly. Obesity increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, some of which are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

In 2010, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion. The medical costs of obesity are higher for adults with obesity than for those who are overweight but not obese.

Obesity is a complex problem and there is no single or simple solution. Improving the food environment and making healthy food and beverage choices more accessible and affordable are critical to preventing and reducing obesity. Increasing opportunities for physical activity, especially for children, also are important.

I Ate Nothing But Garbage For A Week And Here’s What Happened

I’ll admit it, I was curious. I had seen people do all sorts of crazy food challenges on YouTube and I wanted to see if I could do one too. So I decided to try a week-long garbage food diet challenge.

For the purposes of this challenge, I defined garbage food as anything that is processed, unhealthy, and/or high in sugar. This included things like candy, cake, cookies, chips, soda, fast food, etc. Basically, if it wasn’t something I would normally eat, it counted as garbage food.

I did allow myself to eat some fruit and vegetables, but I tried to limit these as much as possible. I also allowed myself to drink water and unsweetened tea. Other than that, it was garbage food all the way.

Here’s what I ate (or didn’t eat) for the week:

Day 1

Breakfast: A candy bar and a soda

Lunch: A fast food hamburger and fries

Dinner: A slice of pizza and a soda

Day 2

Breakfast: A donut and a soda

Lunch: A fast food chicken sandwich and fries

Dinner: A cheeseburger and fries from a fast food restaurant

Day 3

Breakfast: A candy bar and a soda

Lunch: A fast food hamburger and fries

Dinner: A slice of pizza and a soda

Day 4

Breakfast: A donut and a soda

Lunch: A fast food chicken sandwich and fries

Dinner: A cheeseburger and fries from a fast food restaurant

Day 5

Breakfast: A candy bar and a soda

Lunch: A fast food hamburger and fries

Dinner: A slice of pizza and a soda

Day 6

Breakfast: A donut and a soda

Lunch: A fast food chicken sandwich and fries

Dinner: A cheeseburger and fries from a fast food restaurant

Day 7

Breakfast: A candy bar and a soda

Lunch: A fast food hamburger and fries

Dinner: A slice of pizza and a soda

As you can see, my diet for the week was not exactly balanced or healthy. I basically ate junk food for every meal.

I didn’t really have any issues with food cravings or hunger during the week. I think part of the reason for this is because I was so excited about the challenge that I didn’t really think about food much.

I will say that I did start to feel pretty sluggish and tired towards the end of the week. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was pretty much ready to call it quits.

Overall, I did not enjoy the challenge as much as I thought I would. It was definitely difficult to stick to, and I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.

If you’re looking to try a food challenge, I would suggest something that is more balance and healthy, like the Whole30 challenge.

1 Comment

  1. That being said, I’m glad I tried the garbage food diet challenge. It was a good reminder of how important it is to eat healthy and make good food choices.

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