Brandon and Hudson White, known as the Buff Dudes, challenge themselves by trying new diets and workouts on their YouTube channel. They've tackled intermittent fasting, flexible dieting, and now they adopted a chicken and broccoli diet for an entire week.
It's common for professional body builders to eat just protein and vegetables leading up to a photo shoot, the brothers explained in a new video. They decided to try a chicken and broccoli diet for seven days to see how their bodies fared.
To prepare, the brothers loaded up on a variety of seasonings and calorie-free condiments, like mustard and hot sauce, to make each meal more flavourful. For Hudson, a typical day included 55 ounces of chicken and 11 cups of broccoli for a total of 77 grams of carbs, 42 grams of fat, and 340 grams of protein.
After three days, the brothers started lifting together because they lacked motivation.
'Energy levels are a little low,' said Hudson. 'Today, more than any day so far, I'm feeling the effects of having a very low carb, very low sugar diet.'
Low carb diets may help you look leaner, but they definitely take a toll on mood, explained Hudson. 'You look good, but inside you feel like shit.' By day five, Brandon was ready to eat food other than chicken and broccoli. 'Every bite feels like a chore,' he said.
Brandon liked that the diet didn't involve complicated recipes, but hated the lack of variety. Plus, extreme diets like this can lead to disordered eating patterns and binging, he warned.
At the end of the experiment, Hudson lost nearly eight pounds, which is likely a lot of water weight. Regardless, he felt uncomfortable with such a drastic drop in just seven days.
'I really don't feel comfortable with losing that much [weight],' he said. Both brothers advocate for a more well-rounded diet—which is exactly what dieticians recommend. 'In the long run, it's not really sustainable,' said Hudson.
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