Think of the pasta-bilties!
A personal trainer claims he achieved what health nuts might think is impossible — losing weight while noshing on carbs every single day.
Ryan Mercer, 34, said he ate noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner for three weeks to prove people can indulge in their favorite meals and still attain their ideal body.
“I’m hoping now that people will now understand that it’s not about what foods we eat, but eating in moderation,” Mercer, from Northern Ireland, told SWNS.
For those who just can’t give up their favorite foods — that’s amore!
“Calories in versus calories out is what matters most when it comes to fat loss, and when it comes to fat loss, enjoying food should be a top priority,” added Mercer, claiming he lost 3.5 pounds during the 21-day challenge.
Now, pasta for every meal isn’t Mercer’s typical diet.
He says he aims for adequate protein and lots of fruits and vegetables. But to prove his point, he needed to take it to the extreme.
For five days a week, he consumed 2,000 calories of pasta, and 2,700 for the other two days, while maintaining his typical exercise routine of six workouts per week.
While not the most nutritious, the diet certainly saved him a pretty penne.
Mercer said he shelled out less than $4 a day for food and saved time by cooking up to 12 meals at once.
“I cooked everything from scratch. I found the prep side of things quite easy,” he explained.
“There was a little bit of variance week to week, but as I was batch cooking, I would have consumed the same meals three to four days in a row.”
Mercer is no stranger to restrictive and extreme challenges.
He previously embarked on a journey of only eating pizza for one month to prove a similar point — and he isn’t alone.
One fitness influencer claims to eat 100 eggs a day to meet his protein goals, while one woman says she lost 30 pounds only consuming meat products.
On the other hand, a pair of nudists touted their fruit-only diet as the key to health — and eliminating body odor.
And a Nashville man recently vowed to only eat McDonald’s for 100 days to lose weight, insisting it is “absolutely” working.