Ohio man complaining about rising grocery prices eats Costco hot dogs all week: 'Best $43 I ever spent'

In an interview with Fox News Business, influencer Joey Kinsley shares his experience shedding pounds while eating nothing but Costco hot dogs for an entire week.

An Ohio resident complained about rising grocery prices in recent years and said he took on the challenge of eating discounted meals from Costco for a week. The sum? About $45.

Joey Kinsley of Cleveland ate hot dogs and soda from the wholesale giant, spending about $1.50 per meal – including 1 hot dog and a soda – and shared the experience with his 460,000 social media followers (@SirYacht).

“It was the first time I had a Costco hot dog. I didn't know how big he was. It’s huge,” he said.

“For a $1.50 hot dog, it’s a great deal. It is an offer that is unprecedented in 2024, especially without current prices on everything,” he told Fox Business Digital. “I was on a budget.”


Joey Kinsley eats 29 hot dog meals and complains about rising food prices in America. (TikTok / (@siryacht) / Fox News)

Kinsley posted a video documenting his week-long hot dog escapade, garnering 4.5 million views on TikTok.

He ate 29 hot dog meals for a total of $43.50. “To my surprise, I never got tired of eating hot dogs.”

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Much to his surprise, he lost 4.2 pounds in a week. He attributed this to his intense training regimen and week-long snack policy. Kinsley said he ran 10-15 miles a day during the challenge.

“The fact that I lost 4 pounds was overwhelming. I was enjoying what I was eating and I was losing weight and I thought, 'I think I might be in or something,'” he said.

Kinsley ate the hot dog and soda combo for a week. (TikTok/Screenshot (@SirYacht) / Fox News)

Kinsley said he wouldn't recommend others take on his nutrition challenge, especially in the long term. There are numerous health risks associated with eating fast food.

A 2018 study (“The Hidden Dangers of Fast and Processed Food”) states that “all the junk food people eat contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer, but many are unaware “Not aware of the strong causal role.” Unhealthy diet can lead to mental illness.

“There may even be a connection between fast food, processed foods, commercial baked goods and sweets and the destruction of brain cells and a reduction in intelligence,” it continued.

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Another 2011 study (“Fast-Food Consumption and Obesity Among Michigan Adults”) found a connection between fast-food consumption and obesity.

Health experts say fast food is linked to obesity and other diseases. (iStock / iStock)

Kinsley said that “I felt pretty good physically at the end” and reported that she received messages from medical professionals expressing concerns about the diet plan.

He experienced some gastrological effects, which he combated with Tums and Pepto.


“You have a lot of hot dog burps throughout the week, feel bloated, and think, 'I should probably do something.' [about that].'”

At the end of the week, the social media influencer said he was looking forward to a home-cooked meal.