What would happen to your body if you drank 10 12-ounce cans of Coke a day? 50-year-old George Prior decided to find out.
Inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” documentary, in which the filmmaker ate nothing but McDonald’s food for an entire month, Prior documented what happened when he drank 10 Cokes a day for 30 days.
On his website, 10Cokesaday.com, Prior explains that he wanted to raise awareness about how much sugar people drink every day.
And in case you’re wondering, there are 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar in a 12-ounce can of Coke. The World Health Organization recommends a limit of 25 grams of sugar per day.
“But you’re probably thinking, everyone knows it wouldn’t be healthy to drink 10 Cokes a day, and besides, I only drink four Cokes a day,” wrote Prior.
“That’s true, perhaps you’re only drinking four Cokes, but if you add in the two glasses of orange juice, the two sweetened coffee drinks from Starbucks, the 16-ounce Odwalla drink, the two ‘healthy’ brand ice teas and the $9 fruit smoothie you waited 10 minutes in life for, you’ve made my 10 Cokes look like child’s play.”
Prior started his 30 day soda journey at 168 pounds, with a body fat percentage of 9%. Thirty days and 300 Cokes later, he gained 23 pounds and increased his body fat percentage to 16%.
In a series of videos, Prior, who claims he’s on the Paleo diet, documented how he felt and his weight gain.
“After drinking 10 Cokes all day, then we had friends over for trick-or-treating and I had pizza, I had some beer, went out trick-or-treating with the kids,” said Prior in a video. “I had some candy with the kids when they got back and I laid in bed for a couple hours with my stomach hurting and not feeling very well.”
Well, anyone would have a stomachache after drinking 10 Cokes, eating candy, pizza and drinking beer. And someone may want to tell Prior that none of those foods are allowed on the Paleo diet. If you’re on a strict Paleo diet, you try to eat only foods eaten by early humans, including meat, fish, vegetables and fruit without dairy, grains and processed food; Paleolithic humans did not eat pizza or drink soda.
In his last video, Prior summed up his 30-day experience with “my clothes fit tightly,” and “I can’t bend over easily."
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