Six Men Ate 6,000 Calories A Day, for Science (Here's What That Looks Like)
Six men withstood a 6,000 calorie-a-day diet for a week. For science. The results were...not pretty.
They gained 8 pounds. But it only took three days for signs of insulin resistance to kick in. To meet this metabolic assault, their bodies unleashed, as the LA Times put it , "a flood of oxygen byproducts that are toxic to nearby cells."
So what would a 6,000 calorie diet look like? Well, based on our nutrition information, here's what you'd have to eat to reach 6K in a single day.
Might as well get this off to a super-healthy start.
One Serving: 262 cals
And maybe some oatmeal.
One Serving: 140 cals
Hmm, we're only at 402 calories. Better kick it up a notch, calorie-wise.
One Serving: 506 cals
Better. We've earned a snack.
One Serving: 203 cals
Interesting. We're at exactly 1,111 calories. Aces!
Hungry? Let's look to lunch.
One Serving: 503 cals
One Serving: 223 cals
You know what would go well with soup and a sandwich? Fried chicken.
One Serving: 489 cals
And some fries.
One Serving: 227 cals
OK, we overdid it at lunch. And guess what? We're only at 2,553 calories.
Wake up from your food coma, it's time for an afternoon snack.
One Serving: 166 cals
And maybe a Clark Bar.
One Serving: 450 cals
Which takes us to 3,169 calories. We're halfway there! Just in time for dinner. Time to break out the big guns.
One Serving: 521 cals
You know what goes well with Mexican lasagna? Schnitzel.
One Serving: 351 cals
Also, Chinese Spareribs.
One Serving: 504
And Italian Pork Chops.
One Serving: 290 cals
Ugh, we need some greens.
One Serving: 257 cals
And a Chicken Pot Pie.
One Serving: 415 cals
Hope you saved room for more pie.
One Serving: 412
FINAL CALORIE COUNT: 5,919
Which leaves just enough room for a thin mint. Go ahead, it's wafer thin.