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Any truth to McDonalds "health" diet? (Man claims he lost 80 pounds eating fast food!)

By July 24, 2008 - 2:17pm
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A few months ago, I read about a 42-year old man who lost 80 pounds (in 6 months) by eating at McDonalds! Is this true? I believe his cholesterol went down, too, as he was eating salads and wraps (instead of burgers and fries).

Many of us have seen the movie "Super Size Me", in which the guy ate exclusively at McDonalds and gained weight, had high cholesterol, blood pressure, aches and pains, and numerous other health conditions. I think the 42-year old's diet was to disprove some of the movie's conclusions.

So, I'm wondering if there is a way to go on a healthy "diet" by eating at fast food chain restaurants? Is there something that I missed in reading the "McDonalds Diet" story?

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Seems true. You can see him on youtube


I guess if you decide to eat salads etc and exercise it doesn't matter if you bought them from McD or elsewhere.

August 12, 2008 - 7:43am

Remember the guy who, 10 years ago, said he lost a significant amount of weight - 245 lbs - eating at Subway? Jared Fogle inspired others, including Jason Cromley who lost 90 lbs on a "Subway diet," and what a transformation! He could not have achieved ripped abs without exercise, so there has to be a connection between making certain fast food choices and exercise.

About the McDonald's story, here's one news piece on Chris Colseon's 80 lb weight loss, along with before and after photos.

I've long believed that, if you're judicious, you can still enjoy fast foods. It's good to see that more establishments are offering salads, and now apple "fries" as healthier choices. BUT, you still have to watch out for the hidden extra calories and saturated fats in the salad dressings, fried sliced chicken on the lovely salads, and the sugary frozen concoctions that are so refreshing in our summer heat.

It doesn't hurt to indulge, once in a while. While I'm happy for these guys who have managed to shed excessive weight by making healthy selections from the fast food menus, somehow, I can't see myself trying that route. If anyone out there has had some success going this route, I'd sure love to hear your story!

July 24, 2008 - 4:32pm

I think I did hear something about a man who lost several pounds while eating McDonald's food, but I thought I also heard something about him walking eight miles a day. Want to say four miles to the restaurant and four miles back. Not sure if this is the same guy or not. Anyone heard something similar?

July 24, 2008 - 3:35pm
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