I ate like Warren Buffett for a week – and it was miserable

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Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history.

Buffett’s diet of sugary soda, junk food, and limited vegetables has reached legendary status.

Business Insider has tried various people’s diets – from Elon Musk‘s to Tom Brady‘s – so back in 2017 I decided to take on Buffett’s strange food tastes for one workweek to see what it was like.

There were some basic ground rules – eat three meals a day, don’t drink alcohol, and avoid vegetables.

Overall, I just tried to maintain the general attitude by which the man himself defines his diet.

“I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among 6-year-olds, so I decided to eat like a 6-year-old,” Buffett told Fortune. “It’s the safest course I can take.”

The cornerstone of the Buffett diet: Cherry Coke.

In 2015, Buffett told Fortune he was “one-quarter Coca-Cola.”

Buffett said he favored either Diet Coke or Cherry Coke and had at least five cans of the soda a day.

I decided to opt for exclusively Cherry Coke throughout the week, as I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of plain Coke. I am, however, a fan of cherry and cherry-adjacent soda products like Dr. Pepper and Cheerwine (it’s a North Carolina thing — Google it).

I also couldn’t purchase cans of the stuff at my local grocery store, but a two-liter works out to 5.6 cans a day, within the ballpark of Buffett’s consumption. Thus, I decided to go with one of these each day.

If you’re wondering, that works out to 252 grams, or 0.56 pounds, of sugar a day from the Cherry Coke alone. That’s right — I got 84% of my recommended daily carbohydrate intake from just the sugar in the Cherry Coke.

I didn’t initially do the math on the sugar content of the Cherry Coke, believing it was better to go into the week with a bit of blissful ignorance. While I had assumed it would be rough consuming all of the syrupy-sweet drink, I couldn’t anticipate the full devastation the Coke would have on my mood.

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