Student after 2 weeks of takeout: My guts are cracking

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Student after 2 weeks of takeout: My guts are cracking
Student after 2 weeks of takeout: My guts are cracking

We all love to order takeout to treat ourselves to on a Friday night, but could you eat like this three times a day for a few weeks?

A student from the British University Edge Hill faced a similar challenge. Mark Cox, who lives in Crosby, agreed to do the experiment along with a group of other young people between the ages of 18 and 25.

The 21-year-old criminal psychology student shared that he had to eat delivered breakfast food for lunch and dinner every day for two weeks and undergo a series of tests before and after. These tests look at blood sugar levels, body fat percentage, gut bacteria, as well as mental well-being research.

Mark claims that everything was fine for the first few days of the experiment, but things soon took a turn for the worse. “It was good at first because we didn't have to cook or anything, but then the fifth day came when I was really tired and lethargic. It was terrible. I thought it would get better, but it didn't," says the young man.

"We had to eat a doner. I think it's something you eat when you're drunk at night, so eating it for dinner was the most disgusting thing ever. One day we had to eat it for lunch. I think I even got sick after that," adds Mark.

The student also says that on the tenth day of the experiment he did not want to get out of bed because he felt too heavy and full.

“I still managed to go to university, but I found myself falling asleep in lectures and not listening properly. I almost dropped out [of the experiment] because I just felt like my gut was going to burst," says Mark.

Mark added that his skin also suffered due to the constant eating of fast food, with his face filled with oily spots and pimples.

At the end of the experiment, the participants completed all the tests from the beginning and Mark's blood sugar levels were significantly higher, but it was the change in his mental he alth that really shocked him.

“Looking at myself in the mirror, I just mentally felt disgusting, I felt huge. I didn't want to look at myself. I also know that my blood sugar levels were much higher than before, so that was scary," says the youngster.

The experiment was done by the BBC.

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