Remember that documentary Super Size Me? You likely do — the one where filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only McDonald’s for a month, gained a bunch of weight and basically felt like crap? A science teacher in Iowa decided to basically redo that experiment, but this time he balanced out his only Mickey D’s diet very carefully and ended up losing 37 pounds in 90 days. And of course, he made a documentary about it as well.
It’s probably a good idea to put the “Don’t try this at home” disclaimer on the whole story because it sounds like the science teacher and his students put a lot of work into making sure that he followed strict guidelines while eating McDonalds, reports KCCI News.
“I can eat any food at McDonald’s (that) I want as long as I’m smart for the rest of the day with what I balance it out with,” the teacher explained.
He and three of his students laid out strict daily nutritional limits of 2,000 calories per day and tried to stick with recommended dietary allowances for things like carbohydrates, proteins, fat calories, cholesterol.
It also helped out the experiment that a local franchise owner agreed to provide all 90 days of three meals per day for free, just because he was interested in how the whole thing would shake out.
The students put together their teacher’s meals using the guidelines they’d come up with together, and it sounds like his days were somewhat varied. For example, if he had a breakfast of two egg white delights, oatmeal and 1 percent meal, he’d have a salad for lunch and then eat off the value meal for dinner.
“So this isn’t something where you say ‘well he went to McDonald’s and he only had the salads. No, I had the Big Macs, the quarter pounders with cheese. I had sundaes, I had ice cream cones,” he said.
Added in to all that McDonald’s was exercise — he started walking 45 minutes a day. By the end of the trial, he’d shed 37 pounds, he says, and his cholesterol dropped from 249 to 170.
So is McDonald’s some kind of magical diet place, have we been all wrong about fast food? Well, no. It’s all about paying attention to what you eat.
“The point behind this documentary is, ‘Hey, it’s (a) choice. We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat not McDonald’s,” he said.