[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.