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What will likely happen to a person who follows this diet?

Asked by Aster (19292points) February 13th, 2011

Hypothetical: a person has 5 biscuits and diet soda for breakfast.
No hot drinks. A few tortilla chips an hour later then , for lunch,
diet soda and two corn dogs with honey OR two frozen eggrolls. Early dinner, half a pound of meatloaf made with ground beef and some mac and cheese OR baked chicken breast with dressing of PFarm stuffing and cranberry sauce with diet soda. Before bed a bag of microwave popcorn and diet soda OR whole grain chips with melted Velveeta and Rotel. Prognosis?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

They will gain weight. There’s no vegetables in that diet; it’s all processed foods.

JilltheTooth's avatar


Aster's avatar

Weight gain and constipation is as serious as it can get? I thought it would be much worse?

Kardamom's avatar

They will likely become constipated because there is no fiber in that diet.

They may end up with osteoporosis because the phosphorus in all soda, including diet soda, leeches calcium from the bones. You can read more about how that works here

There’s the possibility of becoming pre-diabetic or full blown diabetic (eventually) because of the white processed bread types of foods which tend to have a much higher glycemic index than do less processed and whole grain breads (and chips and crackers and egg roll coatings etc.)

The whole diet is way too high in fat and preservatives and could lead to weight gain, heart disease and possibly open them up to several types of cancer down the line.

And this diet is way to high in sodium, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

If you or your friend are looking to change or improve this diet, The Mayo Clinic has a lot of useful information about how to avoid disease through diet, with meal planning tips and lists of bad, good and better food options. Here is a section that deals with avoiding diabetes. This diet is very similar to the diets that help a person to avoid Heart Disease

The American Cancer Society is another good reference for a diet to help prevent cancer

The American Heart Association also has a lot of great information on eating a healthy diet to decrease your risk of Heart Disease

You will notice that all of these diets and tips are very similar and explain what to eat and what to avoid.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Unless they’re doing some exercise and getting water and fiber somewhere in the diet, they’ll quickly become flabby, fat and malnourished.

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Mr_Grimm's avatar

ok. after seeing ‘Food inc.’ and ‘King Corn’ i watch very closely as to what im eating… High Fructose Corn Syrup plays a major role in america’s HUGE lack of exercise, and obesity. There is so much garbage in our food these days, and the economy is going to hell. The government goes to growing the cheapest crop if you guessed corn you correct, they use corn as a cheap unhealthy substitute for sugar. If the product your consuming contains corn, hydrogenated, fructose, anything thats hard to read AVOID IT!

Judi's avatar

Diabetes, hypertension, cancer, obesity…..

klutzaroo's avatar

@Mr_Grimm HFCS is supposed to be just as healthy as sugar. Neither is good for you. And it is pretty much impossible to avoid all processed foods. In addition, there are names for things that you know perfectly well and that are perfectly healthy that the average person probably wouldn’t recognize by its official name on a food label.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

@Klutzaroo Well unfortanately HFCS is worse then sugar. It’s much more processed. Its just cheaper not heathier. Yes neither are good for you but id rather have sugar, then have something with Battery acid in it. and the huge complicated words are mostly cumbersom ways of saying the actual name. Its just something “they” know a shopper wont. I saw this bread had whole wheat corn. Corn isnt wheat! The government (and excuse me for saying this) is extremely retarded

klutzaroo's avatar

@Mr_Grimm Fact checking. Its a good thing. And no one said that it was healthier.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

@klutzaroo im not trying to argue but i’ve spent half a year learning about society and the food they are consuming. But you do provide an excellent point

klutzaroo's avatar

@Mr_Grimm If you paid for your knowledge, ask for your money back. You appear to have been mislead on the science. If you’re doing this on your own, you need to seek a better understanding.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

How about you two dial it back a bit or take it to PMs? You’ve derailed the original Q.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

@jillthetooth i agree… i apologize for my question becoming a clusterfuk. I was just saying what i learned in school. and here Come Mr. Genious who obviously thinks he knows everything there is to know… i apologize to @Aster and everyone else for the inconvenience. Thank you Mr. Genious

klutzaroo's avatar

Schools teach facts. People who pay attention in school learn facts. People who don’t pay attention, have imperfect understandings, and then go telling people that they know what they’re talking about will look like absolute geniuses when they choose to write on matters of which they know little about. If people are interested in nutrition and food science, they’d do well to actually learn about it from a real, legitimate source.

Needless to say, the diet isn’t healthy and will likely damage the person if followed for a while with the essential lacks, mainly vegetables. Weight would likely be an issue.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

Guys, don’t make me call your mothers. Or scarier, Auggie.

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