"I think a good diet is highly dependent on the individual and it is more important to focus on making sure your diet includes everything you need."
However, one man took that love to a new level by eating a medium Domino's pizza every day for an entire year, and despite all that greasy indulgence, by the end, he had lost about six pounds. However, it wasn't because he'd achieved the nutritional miracle of being able to chow down on pizza every day and somehow shed weight.
Rather, it was thanks to an intense fitness regimen that he followed in conjunction with his challenge, which he dubbed the "Pizzapocalypse."
The man, Brian Northrup, started the experiment because he felt that he had a point to prove about what a dedicated exercise routine can do to counterbalance a supposedly "bad diet."
"Too often have I heard trainers, fitness 'gurus' and even doctors tell people: 'You can't outwork a bad diet,'" he told LADBible. "I believe all of those people vastly underestimate what is possible through hard work."
I think a good diet is highly dependent on the individual and it is more important to focus on making sure your diet includes everything you need, than what you need to cut out," he added.
His "Pizzapocalypse," which he diligently documented on his Instagram, ended on July 30, and since then Northup's dedication to delivery pie has elevated him to minor fame, including an appearance on the TODAYShow.
The exercise routine Northrup reportedly followed during this stretch included 30-40 minutes of full-body lifting sessions for three or four days a week. And his cardio work bordered on mind-boggling. According to LADBible, Northrup spent two to three hours on cardio exercises every day, or the equivalent to 20 to 30 miles of work, he says. And that led to some serious results.
"I've increased my strength, speed, AND (most important to me) my cardiovascular endurance over the course of this endeavor," he wrote in an Instagram caption celebrating his viral milestone. "Also, I haven't been sick for a single day of this experience, nor have I injured myself a single time."
To bolster the claim of his improved health, he says he also made sure to visit a doctor during this stretch to ensure that his body was still in top shape.
"I did go see a doctor and had my blood tested for all the routine health markers such as both 'good and bad' cholesterol, fasted blood sugar levels, etc. and those tests came out showing healthy levels,” he told Foodbeast. “Also obviously had my blood pressure checked, and that was well within the range of what is considered to be healthy.”
No doubt, Northrup's feat is remarkable, but this is obviously more than just a story of man eating pizza every day and still losing weight. Rather, he chose pizza as the fuel that fires his machine.
"Burning off calories is not my reason for working out, to me that's putting the cart before the horse," he told LADBible. "Basically, I eat more in order to work out more—as opposed to working out more so that I can eat more. That may seem like a silly shift in semantics, and maybe it is, but if so it's a silly shift that has lead me from being unable to run from one class to another for 60 seconds straight, to running double digit miles daily."
So, we wouldn't recommend trying to duplicate his accomplishment unless you can match his frankly otherworldly dedication to your own body. Until then, limit the amount of pizza you're consuming in your every day life, especially from the places that may be fudging the numbers on their calorie counts. If you're hankering for a slice, instead try this healthy, homemade pie that'll have you swear off those popular pizza chains forever.