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

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)

Daniel Yohans

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

  1. Petter Pettersen says:

    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.

  2. Zim Zimma says:

    You moaned and over exaggerated about how bad you felt?

  3. Business Raptor says:

    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.

  4. Jack Green The weird Once-Ler says:

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

  5. anika meher says:

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

  6. domitry jobby says:

    wat at home fresh delicius food. much better

  7. we ed says:

    "Tech" Insider

    ok

  8. alex entrepreneur says:

    He lost 7 pounds fr

  9. alex entrepreneur says:

    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

  10. alex entrepreneur says:

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

  11. Antonio APC79 says:

    Just one question how is this tech?

  12. Eric R says:

    So, what does he normally eat: burgers, a brown bag from home… ?

  13. v.v.v.v jojo says:

    Why not cook at home…cheaper and healthier

  14. Sevh1 says:

    this is always on my recommended no matter what

  15. thedexterbros says:

    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

  16. J Woo says:

    I just wasted my life watching this video. :/

  17. 佐藤大輔 says:

    Looks like you’re eating just normally

  18. Mr Dan Master says:

    Subway is the best way here lads.

  19. Brucee Walton says:

    Now go watch chosen king it’s all planned https://youtu.be/nX7H9nB_Ytk

  20. Art Gardner says:

    Added salt & sugar is main problem with the S.A.D.

  21. Raphael Mekhail says:

    Old days

  22. garlic69 says:

    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

  23. Brian Karp says:

    No chipotle

  24. hazel nut says:

    if i ate like that for a week i would probably gain weight 🤪

  25. Wish says:

    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.

  26. Arc Aviation says:

    How tf did you lose 3kg in a week

  27. Judy says:

    that's a great video!!

  28. EnriqueDoesNothing says:

    This is what you call being "healthy"

  29. jhantu ghosh says:

    i see American die soon

  30. Mateo LITC says:

    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.

  31. Glob Animations says:

    There is no such thing as a healthy fast food

  32. That fat guy In McDonald’s eating a salad says:

    See my life is sad

  33. Palpatine says:

    One keyword : Insulin

  34. Michael Robb says:

    Well he probably spent about 150 bucks in that week 😆

  35. MaximumEFFORT says:

    Why not go to subway? Get a roll with vegetables and meat.

  36. Nat C says:

    Subway is the best way they can never leave it that food still bomb I love Subway

  37. Alex Duong says:

    If i did that after it was done i would immediately go to the heart attcks grill

  38. Jeremy Nunya says:

    I loled when he said he eats at maintenance calories🤣

  39. Francis L Varte says:

    Why don't ya'll just cook at home?

  40. Skazio V says:

    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

  41. Damira Pevec says:

    There is not such thing as "healthy" fast food.. Only healthy food is when you buy vegetables and prepare it at home

  42. Monado6 says:

    what asses they need to cut back the salt, doesnt matter if people wont buy them. cut back the sodium

  43. mikael englund says:

    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.

  44. Mike Bird says:

    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.

  45. Spiritus Sanctus Lynx says:

    There is NO such thing as a healthy fast food, UNLESS it's vegan or plant based.

  46. jesse long says:

    dumbest thing ever

  47. Parker's NBA Videos says:

    Holy crap. 7 lbs in 7 days!?

    While this shouldn't be a way of life due to the sodium, this would be an awesome crash diet before a wedding, reunion, or big date.

  48. Attomik Clan says:

    What has happened with my life

  49. Ashaay Thakore says:

    How can we eat raw spinach cn we ? And salads u eat mainly in veg

  50. Captain America says:

    It's no such thing as healthy fast food

  51. Captain America says:

    Fast food makes people fat

  52. Captain America says:

    You still fat 😂

  53. fuzzballzabi says:

    No one:
    Taco Bell: POWER BURRITO

  54. Razor Reznov says:

    Salt and sugar are used as preservatives
    The food u get from these chains can be 2-80 day old and they look the same
    fact

  55. cc cav says:

    That lettuce is not romain so it has no nutritional value.

  56. Nytrex _YT says:

    Healthy fast food

    impossible

  57. Mitjitsu says:

    These options aren't meant to be healthy, but less bad. They're not intended for your regular visitor, but more someone whose been dragged along by their friend or someone they're related to and don't want to appear out of place by not ordering anything.

  58. Rigo Cornejo says:

    I hate to see how america freaking destroyed mexican food, I mean burritos are supposed to be delicious tasty and healthy that is the food of extremely low income people in mexico, to make burrito here in america it only cost $1.25 why are these companies selling it fo 9.50 like chipotle?

  59. lil asian boi says:

    i wish i could loose a pound a day 🥺

  60. ANTonio51006 says:

    when you think you are eating a good healthy burrito
    but instead it’s condensed fortnite players

  61. Joyce Lim says:

    Nothing is healthy

  62. Lil Spouse says:

    I’m female, 23 under 100 pounds and can genuinely say that I eat McDonald’s weekly out of my every day life, it’s not good.. it’s to long of a story so I’ll leave it at that lmfao!

    Fun fact: I don’t even eat the nuggets I eat around the entire edges and then rip off the battered part and legit just eat that 😂😂😂 !! You should try it it’s actually good man, nice mouth feel too.

    EDIT; sorry to come back again, felt like some unfinished business.. the batter is better then the actual nugget feel.

    Edit- again, sorry! Yeah so better explanation would be.. I literally just pick of the fried parts.. that’s the word I was looking for!

  63. Hi says:

    If your trying to eat healthy you shouldn't really eat anything at any fast food place

  64. oswiecacz ciemnoty says:

    The liberal Democrats propaganda destroyed people minds with gay flags they brain is gone , Has nothing to do with calories no it doesn't contain real salt ,real salt is good for you , you lost weight like vegan that was very unhealthy. The food doesn't contain real meat with fat you starving inside and you will pay for it later

  65. Zak Lost says:

    1:07 The most hopeless 'Yeah' I have ever heard.

  66. Sam Hays says:

    The American Heart Association and it’s clakm that the average male should shoot for 2,300 milligrams of salt each day is incredibly controversial. Some say this number should be much higher. Sodium is more dangerous when you don’t have enough of it rather than having”too much”

  67. Cameron Kidde says:

    Why tf is this on tech insider

  68. jehewin Udenjijaja says:

    Why are Georgia and Alabama merged as one state?

  69. Afro Chan says:

    Subway is the move for healthy food

  70. 신호석 says:

    Uhm… The regular options would include the calories and cholesterols including the salts…

  71. Vishnu Prakash Prasannan says:

    Healthy fast food is an oxymoron!!

  72. I have to wait 90 days to change my name says:

    Lmao just drink Diet Coke instead of normal coke

  73. John Tudor says:

    Ofc youre gonna lose weight if you have a one thousand calorie deficit, doesnt mean the food itself its healty. The food is still full of salt, sugar, butter etc..you either cook your meal or go to a restaurant that you know how the food is cooked but ofc restaurants use a shit ton of salt and butter, conclusion make your own food, not that hard

  74. senseyy says:

    Or maybe cook by yourself?

  75. BenjaminMacaTheOKGuy 2019 says:

    I love living in NYC!

  76. MC King says:

    1:28 That looks disgusting.

  77. OBOMBA says:

    Kevin finally spoke from the beard video

  78. Patriot says:

    Salt is good for you. Check out “What I’ve Learned” and learn of the importance of salt. Also, it’s impossible to lose 7 pounds in one week. Get educated pal.

  79. QueensOfAfricaUSA says:

    lol go nutritarian

  80. Luis Jasso says:

    Hahahaa and after eating like shit for a week he says ‘I just want a cheeseburger *eats Mc Donald’s*… daaamn the American diet is so wrong

  81. Dave-A-Flav says:

    at the same time, it seems like comfort food is making a comeback in a smaller scale, in the form of homecooked, homestyle "bad" foods.

  82. Niff2005 says:

    In Belgium, premade food and fastfood had to cut down their salt in their foods.

  83. Sam Frankish says:

    Good vid

  84. Gavin Seath says:

    Right now im doing the "I only eat ramen and mcdonalds forever challenge"

  85. Gabriel Sales says:

    "Fast food is cheap…"

    Fast food's chains in Brazil lefts chat.

  86. Somdut Roy says:

    The salt thing is not based on truth anyway. So basically only FACT this video gave out was a flat out lie.

  87. Diego 13911 says:

    In n out

  88. Oh Poogers says:

    ''tech insider''

  89. Alexander Hamilton says:

    Lies you can’t lose 6 pound in 4 minutes 42 seconds

  90. Man says:

    Brave for u to expirement on urself

  91. Kabam says:

    0:33
    Alaska and Hawaii: Am I a joke to you?

  92. 7_k says:

    You lost a lot of weight because it wasn’t good food eating real healthy good food actually will grow muscle and you won’t lose 6.5 lbs in a week more like 6 pounds in 1-2 months with working out

  93. daniel Laswell says:

    No such thing as healthy fast food

  94. c k says:

    Fast food meat is dog food grade. Its freaking dog food with 10lbs of salt in it. Mmmmmmmmmmm

  95. drink up says:

    Im going to try and eat fruits for a week

  96. Just another Bird says:

    They also put a lot of salt because it is a natural preservative. A lot of people don’t eat salads so they need to keep them fresh for as long as possible. I worked at fast foods at an airport and people would eat nuggets and fries at 3 am in the morning, meanwhile we had to throw away salads and yogurts almost every day. People literally like cheap greasy food, over healthier options even if it costs almost the same.

  97. Random Person says:

    As soon as I start the video he says "fast food is burritos" because I skipped 10 seconds

  98. Nihilist says:

    Dude was like 1200-1400 calories under his recommended daily intake… so at most he lost like 9800 calories in 7 days or about 2.8lbs(assuming 3.5kCal/lb fat)… I smell some bs about dropping 6lbs

  99. Brenda Fernandez says:

    Hes only hungry because hes fat

  100. Russian doge says:

    anyone that eats fruit and chicken together should get their kneecaps broken(excluding werid fruits like tomatoes)

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