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More McDonald’s Misinformation

by Denis Faye - The Nutrition Nerd | January 8, 2014

Before all you Ron McDirty fans out there start shouting from the rooftops about the high school science teacher who lost 37 pounds in three months eating only McDonald’s, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. He limited his calorie intake to 2000 calories and monitored macronutrient levels. Most daily McDonald’s customers don’t do that.
  2. He started a new workout regime, walking 45 minutes a day. Most daily McDonald’s customers don’t do that.
  3. He cherry picked the healthier stuff on the menu, including salad, oatmeal, and egg whites. Say it with me now: Most daily McDonald’s customers don’t do that.
 
I do credit McDonald’s for improving its menu, although I doubt their produce is local, organic, or even all that fresh. Furthermore, losing a bunch of weight in 90 days isn’t the end-all, be-all of wellness. I’d like to see how his blood work would handle a couple years of daily ice cream cones and Big Macs.
 

Ultimately, it’s maintaining that weight loss that truly matters–and you can’t do that if you don’t know how to eat. (That’s the whole reason I have a job at Beachbody.) Considering this guy talked his local Mickey D’s franchise into feeding him for free, I’m betting he falls back into old eating habits once the gravy train (or should I say special sauce train) leaves town. According to USA Today, his cholesterol dropped from 249 to 170, so his old diet must have been pretty woeful. My bet is that he’ll be back in those size 42 Dockers in no time.

I find it sad that a teacher–of all people–would throw the value of proper nutritional education under the bus for 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs. Seems a little Heisenbergesque, in my opinion.

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