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Many people love bacon, but I guess Mike J. Nelson really loves bacon. Or at least he can't turn down a bet. My friend Giggle told me that for the entire month of February, Nelson will be eating nothing but bacon for every meal. Friends of his said that as delicious as bacon is, "no one could eat very much of it and live." So he's attempting to prove them wrong by living solely on bacon for the entire month. Bacon and beer, wine, martinis, and water, of course. Yikes. I guess he didn't get the memo that February is American Heart Month.

Mike is 6'2", 190 pounds, has a 33/34 inch waist, and his blood pressure is pretty consistently 117/65. He said, "I'm willing to bet you my weight will not change (may lose a little, actually), my blood pressure will probably drop a little, and I won’t get any taller."

Are you curious to find out how many calories and fat are in a day's worth of bacon? Me too, so I made a handy chart. To see it

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The blog doesn't mention how much bacon he'll eat per day, but based on his height and weight, and minimal activity level, Fit's Calculator says he needs to consume about 2,400 calories in order to maintain his weight. Let's subtract 147 from 2,400, to account for one beer a day, and that leaves 2,253 calories left for bacon consumption. Since one medium strip of bacon contains 46 calories, he needs to consume about 49 strips of bacon a day. Let's see what that means nutritionally.

 Calories Total (g) Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Protein (g) Breakfast: 15 strips of bacon 690 54 18 135 2,940 46.5 Lunch: 15 strips of bacon 690 54 18 135 2,940 46.5 Snack: 6 strips of bacon 276 21.6 7.2 54 1,176 18.6 Dinner: 15 strips of bacon and a 12 oz. Budweiser 837 54 18 135 2,960 47.8 Total: 49 strips of bacon and a 12 oz. Budweiser 2,400 174.1 57.2 458 9,641 155.4

Ouch, my heart aches just looking at those numbers. All that fat, cholesterol, and that ungodly amount of sodium. It's so wrong. So unbelievably unhealthy. With a diet like this, I hope Mike gives up and realizes man can't live on bacon alone, before his body goes into coronary arrest.

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MarkieParkie 7 years
Interested in how he got on? http://blog.rifftrax.com/2009/03/02/bacon-stupidity-the-true-story/ I know you all expected him to die, but it seems he got on just fine: "Once you adapted, though, you do feel great, have no cravings, can easily skip meals, never have need of snacks, you’ll probably lose weight, your blood pressure will go down, and you will leave behind you a tantalizing whiff of savory smoke."
MarkieParkie 7 years
Interested in how he got on? http://blog.rifftrax.com/2009/03/02/bacon-stupidity-the-true-story/I know you all expected him to die, but it seems he got on just fine:"Once you adapted, though, you do feel great, have no cravings, can easily skip meals, never have need of snacks, you’ll probably lose weight, your blood pressure will go down, and you will leave behind you a tantalizing whiff of savory smoke."
amandaaa 8 years
amandaaa 8 years
bibelot 8 years
I love bacon, but that's just gross. Not to mention the dehydration - I bet he'll be constantly parched because of all the salt, like DevonJade said. Weird, and probably not a good idea health-wise!
He is going to be drinking soooo much water because of all that salt! I think he'll be fine. It's only a month and he seems like a healthy guy. I hope you follow up on this Fit, I want to see how it goes!
hellojello 8 years
Good luck going to the bathroom on "diet". He does not value his health at all.
lilxmissxmolly 8 years
NASTY NASTY and SO unhealthy: what about vitamins and minerals? calcium? carbohydrates?
lilxmissxmolly 8 years
NASTYNASTYand SO unhealthy: what about vitamins and minerals? calcium? carbohydrates?
laluna27 8 years
This is reminiscent of "Supersize Me"
melizzle 8 years
What a terrible idea.
melizzle 8 years
What a terrible idea.
MarkieParkie 8 years
I guess it's not so very different from what people in Medieval times survived on for the whole winter. My guess is he will be fine - perhaps even healthier than before.
EmyAnne 8 years
Gross
EmyAnne 8 years
Gross
monicakb 8 years
Omg. As a nursing student, this makes ME go into cardiac arrest from the mere thought of eating all that bacon.
snowbunny11 8 years
I wonder what the environmental impact of this diet is. Somehow, if this guy doesn't give a crap about his heart, I doubt he gives a crap about CO2 emissions, etc.
aimeeb 8 years
Hahaha what the...
aimeeb 8 years
Hahaha what the...
Spectra 8 years
He'd better be careful...he could suffer malnutrition from lack of nutrients in his diet. That and his liver will probably turn into pure fat. Oh, and Fit, I think we need to readjust the bacon-meter...realistically, what man has only one beer? I'd figure in at least 2 or 3 a day, if only to keep his sanity during this stupid experiment. I'm guessing if he has 3 beers a day and the bacon, he'll wind up eating more than 2400 calories a day, easily.
Spectra 8 years
He'd better be careful...he could suffer malnutrition from lack of nutrients in his diet. That and his liver will probably turn into pure fat. Oh, and Fit, I think we need to readjust the bacon-meter...realistically, what man has only one beer? I'd figure in at least 2 or 3 a day, if only to keep his sanity during this stupid experiment. I'm guessing if he has 3 beers a day and the bacon, he'll wind up eating more than 2400 calories a day, easily.
GlowingMoon 8 years
Yuck. Does this man value his body?
pixelhaze 8 years
He'll probably lose weight, but only because by the end he'll be so sick of bacon he'll be eating less of it. Plus, fat weights less than muscle.
soapbox 8 years
Reminds me of Supersize Me. I wish him all the luck and hope that he hired a 24hr cardiologist.

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