I ate McDonald's burgers and fries every night after work for a month

Tracey Folly

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission.

I'm not going to lie—I love McDonald's. The salty fries, the sweet McFlurrys, the greasy burgers... there's just something about it that hits the spot after a long day at work.

In my early twenties, I decided to experiment with my diet a bit and see what would happen if I ate McDonald's every night after work for an entire month. I worked long hours at a job I didn't love, and by the time I got out of work, I didn't have the energy to cook a proper meal anyway. So it seemed like the perfect time to lean on McD's for a bit and hit two birds with one stone, so to speak.

I know it's not the healthiest option out there, but I was curious to see if there would be any noticeable changes in my health or appearance. Spoiler alert: there were. Here's a detailed account of what happened during my month-long Mickey D's bender.

Week 1: Nothing out of the ordinary happened during the first week of my little experiment. I still felt healthy and had plenty of energy for work and working out. My skin looked the same as usual, and I didn't notice any changes in my weight. All in all, week one was uneventful.

Week 2: By the end of the second week, I started to notice that I was feeling a bit more sluggish after eating McDonald's for dinner every night. I wasn't sleeping as well either, and my workouts suffered as a result. On the plus side, I didn't gain any weight and my skin still looked good.

Week 3: The third week was when things really started to take a turn for the worse. In addition to feeling tired all the time, I also started experiencing some gastrointestinal issues. Let's just say that my trips to the bathroom were...more frequent than usual. On the bright side, I still hadn't gained any weight and my skin was still holding up well.

Week 4: By the fourth and final week of my experiment, I was feeling really terrible. In addition to being tired and having digestive problems, I also started breaking out in acne. My workouts were totally suffering, and I had no energy whatsoever. Needless to say, I was pretty relieved when it was finally over.

So there you have it—a detailed account of what happened when I ate at McDonald's every night for a month. Would I do it again? Probably not. But it was definitely an interesting experiment nonetheless. If you're considering something similar, just be prepared for some seriously unpleasant side effects.

All in all, it was an interesting experiment. It's not one that I would recommend to others, but it was definitely eye-opening for me. If you're thinking of doing something similar, my advice would be to listen to your body—if it tells you that something isn't right, don't ignore it. Other than that, go ahead and enjoy your Happy Meals—just maybe not every single night.

What do you think? Comments are welcome.

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