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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.

Razzy Blue Smoothie

One Serving: 262 cals

 

Razzy Blue Smoothie

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

And maybe some oatmeal.

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats

One Serving: 140 cals

 

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats

Photo by lutzflcat

Hmm, we're only at 402 calories. Better kick it up a notch, calorie-wise.

Chef John's Baked Eggs

One Serving: 506 cals

 

Chef John's Baked Eggs

Photo by jrbaker

Better. We've earned a snack.

Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

One Serving: 203 cals

 

Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

Photo by Veronica Miller

Interesting. We're at exactly 1,111 calories. Aces!

Hungry? Let's look to lunch.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

One Serving: 503 cals

 

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Photo by Molly

Mulligatawny Soup I

One Serving: 223 cals

 

Mulligatawny Soup I

Photo by Molly

You know what would go well with soup and a sandwich? Fried chicken.

Crispy Fried Chicken

One Serving: 489 cals

 

rispy Fried Chicken

Photo by kadek

And some fries.

Tail Burner Firehouse French Fries

One Serving: 227 cals

 

Tail Burner Firehouse French Fries

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

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.

Sriracha Lime Popcorn

One Serving: 166 cals

 

Sriracha Lime Popcorn

Photo by Molly

And maybe a Clark Bar.

Clark Bars

One Serving: 450 cals

 

Clark Bars

Photo by Molly

Which takes us to 3,169 calories. We're halfway there! Just in time for dinner. Time to break out the big guns.

Mexican Lasagna II

One Serving: 521 cals

 

Mexican Lasagna

Photo by lutzflcat

You know what goes well with Mexican lasagna? Schnitzel.

Butter Schnitzel

One Serving: 351 cals

6K in a single day | Butter Schnitzel
Photo by naples34102

Also, Chinese Spareribs.

Chinese Spareribs

One Serving: 504

 

Chinese Spareribs

Photo by eriko

And Italian Pork Chops.

Pork Chops Italiano

One Serving: 290 cals

 

Pork Chops Italiano

Photo by bellepepper

Ugh, we need some greens.

Easy Arugula Salad

One Serving: 257 cals

 

Easy Arugula Salad

Photo by naples 34102

And a Chicken Pot Pie.

Chicken Pot Pie IX

One Serving: 415 cals

 

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Photo by ReneePaj

Hope you saved room for more pie.

Nacho Pie II

One Serving: 412

 

Nacho Pie II

Photo by lutzflcat

FINAL CALORIE COUNT: 5,919

Which leaves just enough room for a thin mint. Go ahead, it's wafer thin.


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