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Man eats only McDonald's for 90 days and...

loses 37 pounds. As he says, its what you eat, not where you eat.


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  1. Sounds like a Jared Fogle wannabe. Jared made $15 million losing weight and pimping for Subway.

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    1. re: Veggo

      You say that as if there's something wrong with it...

      1. re: carolinadawg

        Not at all. I admire overachievers and I hope to be one someday.

    2. And he got 3 months of free meals. Smart guy

      1. Now that's the kind of diet I have been waiting for last 20 years.

        1. In the end, for most people, it's just about calories in, calories out. I know many people on my weight-loss board are shocked that I was able to lose a substantial amount of weight, even though I eat things like pizza, fast food etc. on occasion. As long as you stick with a calorie range that results in weight loss, you'll lose weight.

          BUT, I'd like to see what his diet was like before starting the McDonald's diet. It's pretty much a given that you'll lose weight if you eat 2,000 calories a day after eating 4,000 calories a day for years. Someone like me, a 5'3" female, would likely not lose weight on 2,000 calories a day. My maintenance range is like 1900-2100.

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            1. re: juliejulez

              Yeppers...losing weight begins at the refrigerator door, portion control and best exercise is push aways...push away from the table. Exercise for muscle maintance and cardio benefits...Eat less for losing weight.

            2. I read the article. It says he ate egg whites for breakfast and salad for lunch! of course he is going to lose weight....

              1. He ate a restricted diet there- aside from dinner it could be fairly "healthy" (even considering the insane amount of sugar in that oatmeal)
                But the article neglected to mention his diet before this- if someone goes from eating three pizzas a day to one they will lose weight.....but that doesn't therefore mean eating a pizza a day is good for you.

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  If the pizza is a classic Margherita from Keste I don't see how that could be anything but "good".

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Well of course he ate a "restricted" diet...the story clearly states his goal was to eat 2,000 calories a day. The point is that its interesting that he was able to do that at McDonald's, which gets a lot of negative publicity for contributing to the country's obesity problem. And its also an interesting counterpoint to the Morgan Spurlock experiment.

                    His previous diet is irrelevant. One look at the "before" picture will tell you he was way over weight. Thus the fact that he undertook this experiment.

                  2. Eat less, move more, no dr oz bullshit...proven throughout the millennia

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                    1. re: BiscuitBoy

                      "Eat less, move more, no dr oz bullshit...proven throughout the millennia"

                      Amen! I have had to struggle with my weight most of my life. When I "Eat less, move more" it stays off. Just coming off of the holiday binge, I have gained a few pounds. It's just common sense.

                      I don't think there is anyone on TV right now that turns my stomach more than that charlatan Dr. Oz. He is SO smarmy.

                    2. I keep waiting for someone to pick up my story;

                      " Man eats and drinks whatever he wants for 43 years and gains 310lbs "

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                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I think The Onion could find a way to work with that!

                      2. I saw a segment on this on one of the morning shows (I think the Today Show).
                        The guy is a grade school teacher and worked out the menu with his students as part of a lesson. As people point out above, it was a lesson of calories in, calories out and planning.

                        He stressed that walking 45 minutes per day was a key part of his success.
                        He also mentioned that he is going to extend the "study" another 90 days and will do *more* than the simple 45 minute walk per day excercise-wise.

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                        1. re: porker

                          So does he get to eat free for another 3 months? Seriously, that's a good deal. Why have a food stamp program! Everyone should be doing studies and documentaries.

                        2. "Limited" diets almost always work.

                          Just the way human systems are hard-wired.

                          "Limit" me to ice cream for 30 days, for instance, and I will absolutely loose weight.

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                          1. re: pedalfaster

                            Huh? If by limited, you mean a caloric ceiling, then you're merely stating the obvious. Matters not if you eat ice cream or broccoli, taking in fewer calories than you expend will result in a loss of weight. The "point" of this story is that it was done by only eating at McDonald's, which is universally decried as a place that only causes people to gain weight.

                            1. re: carolinadawg

                              I think it was women's health that posted a link to this story on facebook. The comments section absolutely blew up about this diet and how he would have a heart attack and die and be contaminated with all the toxins and salt.

                              1. re: Firegoat

                                The segment I saw on television (interview with the guy)addressed this somewhat - they had a nutritionist who commented on his diet.
                                She was between a rock and a hardplace. Overall, the guy did a good thing; he lost weight and lowered his cholesterol, so she could not really argue against McDonalds.
                                However, to her, the salt content was an issue. In general, it would always be a problem if you ate at restaurants (especially "fast food") 3 meals a day every day.

                                So yeah, if calorie intake is less than calories used, you lose weight.
                                Is eating only one thing going to work? yeah, one thing, many things, organic, inorganic, Mcdonalds, dog shit, it don't matter what.
                                Is it the healthiest? well thats another question...

                            2. re: pedalfaster

                              When I started work at the best ice cream place in the world in high school, I lost 12 pounds in two months by eating ice cream all the time. It's filling, you don't eat too much, and it ruined my appetite for meals. I need to find a way to market this diet plan and make millions.

                            3. there's no way to do this, but I'd have been interested to see what would have happened if he'd done nothing but the 45-minute walks.

                              If you cut your intake and up your exercise, I can about bet you're going to lose weight.

                              I'm sure the McD's execs are rubbing their hands in glee after Supersize Me.

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                              1. re: sunshine842

                                I'm not quite understanding your first paragraph.

                                The man made two life changes: his diet and added a 45 minute walk daily.
                                The rest of his life remained the same (he's a school teacher).

                                "If you cut your intake and up your exercise, I can about bet you're going to lose weight."
                                Yes and no...
                                If your calorie intake is still more than your expenditure, you will gain weight. Bottom line.

                                I saw a documentary a few years ago on a human-powered aircraft flying from Crete to Santorini. They had 3 or 4 elite cyclists, in constant training, waiting for optimum weather conditions to go.
                                I don't remember the exact amount, but they were eating something like 20 000 or 30 000 calories per day during training. It seemed mind-boggling to me.
                                You run the engine, you need the fuel...calories in, calories out...

                                1. re: porker

                                  And they were little guys - 135 lbs of lungs and muscle!

                                  1. re: porker

                                    "I can about bet" would be the loophole to cover the folks who specialize in finding a loophole whereby the rest of the statement would be untrue.

                                    While we're talking about average Joes and not athletes, the Tour de France riders take in an equally mind-boggling number of calories a day -- but I wouldn't want to drive a car along those roads in the three-week stretch, let alone pedal a bike.

                                    And while riders might be putting all sorts of other things into their bodies (insert joke of your choice here), I can JUST ABOUT bet that it's probably not a steady diet of McDonald's.

                                2. Wasn't there a guy before this? I am very sure he is not the first person. In fact, he is probably not even the second person. However, his weight loss may be more than the previous people

                                  Congratulation to him regardless. I never believe McDonald meals are as bad as people made them to be. Just eat moderate.

                                  Seriously. A lot of time you see people ordered two McDonald burgers, a large drink, fries, and some other stuffs. If you eat like that, then you will gain weight.

                                  I often go in and just get one burger -- no soft drink -- just water. This is a habit I have kept since I was a student to save money.

                                  Found it:

                                  Doug Logeais


                                  Chris Coleson


                                  Don Thompson


                                  1. Did you see the video at the bottom of your link. It is awesome:

                                    "We Tested The Double Stuf Oreo, And Can Prove That It's Not Actually Double-Stuffed"

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                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      I can't recall the comedian who said that Oreos are missing a huge marketing opportunity. They should rename the double stuffs just plain Oreos and call the regular ones "diet" or "lite", LOL.

                                    2. Maybe Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy's) daughter Wendy should do this diet. Then she can get her job as spokeswoman for her namesake business back!

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                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        I dunno, I think Morgan Smith Goodwin is doing a pretty good job...

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            But that's when the fun begins. Ask her name later.