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The 10,000 Calorie Challenge? Is It Safe?

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o this has to be another one of those crazy teenage challenges that people do because why the hell not? The Cinnamon Challenge, the Ice Bucket Challenge, but this one is a little more… harsh. The 10,000 Calorie Challenge is what happens when people try to consume 10,000 Calories worth of food in a typical day. The challenge is that it is nearly impossible for many to do, simply because that is almost 3 pounds of calories in a day.

In this day of overeating and Obesity epidemics, the last thing we really need to attempt is an overeating challenge. That’s like doing the chain-smoking challenge, which should pop up in the coming months because some teenager somewhere will find a way to do it.

The thing is though, is that this challenge, despite still happening on YouTube, started up over a year ago due to a video from TheHodgeTwins, a set of fitness trainers who should probably not be giving out advice like this.

Granted, this challenge was meant for a single audience: Bodybuilders. You know, people who work out enough to be able to burn off these excess calories in a couple of days. But they are not the only ones that tried out this diet, or even did multiple attempts at it. Many slim people who don’t vigorously weight train or run are trying out this diet, and the results might not be pretty with the less active crowd.

Granted, that depends. I can’t really find any evidence on how eating a 10,000 calorie diet will effect you in the short or long term. Although, chances are that consuming THAT MUCH food might cause a lot to go through the body without being fully digested, causing a reduction of absorbed calories, but it’s still going to be in the upper thousands.

Competitive eating is actually a popular thing and has been for awhile, with many popular bodybuilders on YouTube recording themselves eating thousands upon thousands of calories in a single sitting, let along over the course of a day. But like I said, since the participants work out a ton at the gym, the effects of a single “cheat day” of 10,000 calories is probably not going to be too extravagant. Still not something I would recommend as a challenge though.

One thought on “The 10,000 Calorie Challenge? Is It Safe?”

  1. As someone who at one time suffered with anorexia nervosa with binge/purge subtype, I am familiar with consuming a ridiculously large amount of food in one sitting while simultaneously being underweight. For bulimics, binge eaters and others coming out of long term starvation, it is not impossible to consume at least 10,000 calories in a short period of time (less than 1/2 hour for instance). It is extremely dangerous for a variety of reasons in the short term. Bingeing on such a large amount of food in a short time can throw off your electrolytes which in turn can cause heart problems and become life threatening. Consuming such a huge amount of food in a short period, or heck even over a day’s time if you aren’t used to it, can cause stomach rupture and in fact bulimics have died from stomach rupture even before getting to the purging part. One could even choke on their food.

    My bingeing was reactive eating from years of being very underweight and starving myself. I would grab at anything I could find in the kitchen, whether it was flour, peanut butter, raw oats, jars of mayonnaise, leftovers, a loaf of bread, a gallon of plant milk, bananas, a head of lettuce. I would just snap and start grabbing and eating in this wild uncontrollable way until I was literally crawling my stomach hurt so bad and I had no choice but to vomit to relieve the intense pressure (and sometimes vomiting came naturally at that point). I never wanted to do those binges. I also lived with other people so not keeping food in the house was impossible, and my binges were not limited to junk food, they were on anything edible (though later in vegan years even my wildest binges were always on vegan food). As it became more frequent and worse, I began to have heart palpitations and periods of dizziness as well as acute gastritis. The heart issues scared me tremendously, and was the motivation to start breaking the cycle of bingeing/purging/starving and getting better. I can’t say if the palpitations were from bingeing or purging, but I can say I am so lucky I didn’t burst my stomach from the huge amount of food I consumed. I remember once making a raw avocado key lime vegan pie for an upcoming family get together. It had coconut oil and nuts in it, and tons of avocado. It was stupid to make and a total binge trigger at that point as I was very sick and underweight from semi starvation. Sure enough I started picking at it and then suddenly devoured the whole thing. This was followed by bingeing on a whole package of mejool dates, countless spoonfuls of tahini, a handful of oats thrown into a bowl with turbinado sugar poured over it and some almond milk and slamming that down, followed by countless more of those bowls, and I don’t remember what all else but I am certain it was at least over 7000 calories in a span of half an hour. Never again. I am much much healthier than in those days.

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