This guy ate Domino's every day for an entire year
Whether you enjoy it at a restaurant, at home in front of a movie, or straight out of the fridge in the morning after a heavy night, pizza is always there for you. More than just a foodstuff - pizza is a treat, a comfort, an old friend. Some may even go so far to say that it is as close as we will ever come to culinary perfection.
But could you eat it every day for a year? Brian Northrup, AKA the 'Lord of Pizza', took on the challenge - and documented the whole journey on social media.
As part of a "mission to prove you CAN in fact outwork a bad diet, contrary to everything the fitness industry has told you," Northrup enjoyed a Domino's pizza for 367 days in he feat which he dubbed the 'pizzapocalypse'.
Astoundingly, the pizza-lover seems to have proved his point, as he actually lost weight through the process. In his final Instagram post, Northrup wrote that,
"My final weigh in was 161.2 lbs. For comparison, my weigh in on day 1 was 167.1 lbs. I LOST 5.9 lbs eating an entire pizza every day for a year. In addition, I've increased my strength, speed, AND (most important to me) my cardiovascular endurance over the course of this endeavor [sic]. Also, I haven't been sick for a single day of this experience, nor have I injured myself a single time."
Now, this wouldn't be overly surprising if he was eating nothing other than pizza the whole time, as a Domino's pie is around 1700 calories - far less than the recommended daily intake for somebody of Northrup's build. However, as he revealed in a comment on an Instagram post, this wasn't the case.
"I eat other foods as well," he wrote. "In fact, just about to head out and pick up some ice cream now."
So, how did he do it? Is pizza actually some kind of miracle panacea that we've just been unaware of this whole time? Alas, it isn't - but exercise is.
As well as being the Lord of Pizza, Northrup also appears to be the Lord of Fitness, as he was able to maintain an impressive physique for the entire year. The man has proved his point, then, as it's obvious that hard work and dedication can negate a bad diet - but most people probably wouldn't recommend it.
Studies have proved time and time again that junk food can have detrimental effects on the body - not just on your figure, but also on your memory, your appetite, and your mood. In fact, people can suffer withdrawal symptoms from calorific foods, leading to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Still, you've got to hand it to the guy - eating the same thing every day for a year takes dedication, and losing weight along the way is an achievement that most would probably consider impossible. I'm not going to attempt the challenge any time soon, but I'll certainly start putting a little more effort into my workouts if it means that I can enjoy an extra treat every now and then.