A man from Philadelphia, USA set out to eat 40 whole chickens in 40 days. Now, at the end of the self-imposed challenge, he says with relief: “My body is ready to repair”.
Alexander Tominsky, 31, became known as the “Philadelphia Chicken Man.” He said in an interview that his promise to eat a chicken a day came from a feeling. “I keep saying it, but it’s true. I felt it was the right thing to do,” the man told Canadian radio station CBC.
The initial plan was to feed the bird for 30 days, but he said he could handle a few more days. “It was something in my subconscious. On day 30, I didn’t have much pain, so I went up to 40”, she says.
To end the challenge, he invited friends and followers to an event last Sunday (6) in which he ate his fortieth and last whole chicken. According to the American newspaper The New York Times, he was initially able to eat the bird in 20 minutes. However, over time, it took him two hours to finish each meal. These were usually his only food during the challenge.
As he told the New York Times, Alexander lost about 7 kg in 40 days. “It’s not dangerous in the short term, and it’s definitely not healthy,” nutritionist Marissa Meshulam told PopSugar.
He emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. “Our bodies are designed to eat all the macronutrients — protein, fat and carbohydrates — on a daily basis. If we only eat fried chicken, we’re surviving on fat and protein, but no real carbs,” says Marisa.
“Our gut health depends on carbohydrates (especially fiber) to survive. Lack of fiber in our diet is detrimental to gut health”, the nutritionist highlighted.
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