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The In-N-Out Burger Diet Is Not the Next Juice Cleanse

You probably won't lose weight on this diet

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College students aren't generally known for having perfectly balanced diets, probably because they spend all their money on textbooks and Natty Light. But rather than subsisting on the stereotypical all-ramen diet, one student at the University of California, Irvine decided to eat at his favorite fast food chain every day for a month.

Hoping for internet notoriety or perhaps just wanting to leave a record of his life in case 30 days of Animal-style burgers killed him, 20-year-old Dustin Wang blogged about his In-N-Out diet complete with regular Vine updates. His rules were simple: He'd eat In-N-Out at least one meal a day, for 30 days straight with no breaks; each meal would have to consist, at minimum, of a two-patty burger and fries.

On day three, Wang was still the picture of good health and enthusiasm: "Feeling pretty good. Ran two miles this morning," he wrote. But by day five, it seems the tide had already turned against Double-Doubles: "I think I hit the point where In-N-Out stopped being something I look forward to," he admitted.

Nonetheless, he bravely soldiered on for another 25 days of Animal-style burgers and fries — but by day 14, things were going pretty terribly: "Burger tastes bad. Not juicy at all. Worst meal so far. Not sure if poorly made or if my body is rejecting the food."

By day 29, Wang was ready to drop everything and become a Goop devotee: "More excited than anything to immediately start a juice cleanse," he wrote.

In the end, Wang's dubious diet experiment only resulted in a gain of two pounds (and possibly a lifelong hatred of In-N-Out's subpar fries). Of course, as most people with a grasp of basic nutrition understand, weight gain only occurs when you regularly eat more calories than you expend — which is why a teacher was famously able to lose 37 pounds eating only McDonald's for 90 days. And when it comes to fast-food extremism, there are plenty more options: Chick-fil-A nugget diet, anyone?

Watch Wang's enthusiasm for In-N-Out diminish before your eyes, below:

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