Man Loses 86 lbs Eating 1,200-1,400 Calories Per Day Of McDonald's Food

Chris Coleson, a businessman from Richmond, VA told his wife he could lose weight by eating anywhere — even McDonald’s.

“I told her I could lose weight eating anywhere,” he said. “I told her I could do it eating at McDonald’s.”

So he did. By eating two meals a day (and only two meals) consisting of “wraps, apple-walnut salads and the occasional cheeseburger” Chris has lost 86 lbs since December.

Coleson told AdAge that he’s not interested in being the next “Jared,” but would like to encourage McDonald’s to build playgrounds where parents with disabilities can play with their children.

“I wasn’t disabled when I weighed 300 pounds, but it made me think about parents who are,” said Mr. Coleson. He currently “works closely with his local YMCA and the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to disabled veterans,” says AdAge.

Has McDonald’s Found Its Jared? [AdAge]
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  1. Super1984 says:

    You know, I could lose weight by being anorexic in a Burger King – I think I’ve found my new profession!

  2. Deivion says:

    Pretty sure most people will start losing weight if they ate only 2 meals per day….and their initial weight was 300.

  3. snoop-blog says:

    And he didn’t even need laws banning the bad foods!

  4. geekpdx says:

    Good on ya Chris!

    (I hope this isn’t some crappy viral marketing bs)

  5. ivanthemute says:

    Already been done before. When “Supersize Me” came out, some other nutjob went the other way and built a menu out of McD’s foods which allowed him to come under 2k calories a day. Lost weight, same as this guy.

  6. SkokieGuy says:

    Less calories than you expend = weight loss.

    You can lose weight eating chocolate cake, if you limit your total daily calories.

    Since he ate salads and apple dippers and wraps, he was likely getting fiber, and protein along with fat. Not ideal, but through his menu selections, not nearly as horrible as it could have been.

  7. katylostherart says:

    omg you mean someone paid attention to the daily caloric intake???

    i could go for some nuggets now. love those little cookie cutter chicken flavored balls of meat paste.

  8. qwickone says:

    well if you weight 300+lbs, of COURSE a 1200-1400 cal diet would make you lose weight. I eat 1200 cal a day to maintain and i’m 125lbs.

  9. The headshot accompanying the original article should have a warning on it. Yeesh.

    Yeah 1200-1400 calories for an adult male his size is pretty much starvation. I’m guessing he didn’t drink sodas with his two daily meals. That definitely would have boosted the calories.

  10. TMMadman says:

    Eating two meals a day isn’t good for your body. You should be eating 5-6 small meals (300-400 calories) every 2-3 hours.

  11. Wormfather says:

    @qwickone: I havnt been 125lbs since 7th grade…then again, I’m 6’3″.

    Anyway, I think he was moreso trying to prove a point against how GREAT subway is for diets. The subway diet doesnt harbor some secret that only exists in a subway sandwich.

    Well, maybe it does have a secret, but I’m pretty sure it’s nothing to do with weight loss.

  12. u1itn0w2day says:

    Unless you have a severe medical condition loosing weight uses a very simple concept-burn more calories than you take in.

    Even if it’s cheeseburgers and fries;burn more than you take in.And starvation diets or extremely low calorie diets don’t work either.This guy said he only an occassional cheeseburger and 2 meals a day.That’s sctually pretty tough.

    If you limit your eating too much your body will go into conservation mode doing exactly that slow down it’s metabolism to conserve calories since it thinks it won’t get enough.Probably a primal survival mechanism from when man was roaming as a hunter maybe days without a kill.

    This guy sounds active which is good and in combination with his diet probably helped burn the calories/loose weight.

  13. Gopher bond says:

    I don’t understand. How did he refrain from supersizing his fries and eating Big MAcs and drinking soda? Did this McDonalds not carry those options/items?

  14. snoop-blog says:

    If you consider a 1,200-1,400 calorie per day diet anorexic, that may be your problem.

  15. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    Viral marketing for McDonalds or a renewed push for calories on the menu?

  16. urban_ninjya says:

    I did some reasearch in low calorie McDonalds meals. You can pretty much drop the calories lower than the average home cooked meal if you just skip the Fries and Soda. If you think about it, a super sized soda will contain more calories than a standard cheese burgur. Even a small fries will almost rival the calories of a chicken sandwitch.

    In fact, you can build very nutritious meals by replacing the Fries and the Drink, which is where most of the empty calories come from. Some alternatives I like are the Yogurt Parfait, Juice and Milk, Apple dippers, and Oat meal cookies.

  17. @qwickone: I weighed 125…and then I went to college…

  18. IamTCM says:

    This man should publish a book about weight loss through lower caloric intake. He could make millions.

  19. Sockatume says:

    I hate to think what condition his body’s in. He’s basically starving himself, not just of calories, but probably also of vitamins and minerals. Unless he’s on suppliments or something, that would balance it out. I’d be worried about salt too. On the other hand he’s being entirely reasonable by suggesting that you can lose weight eating almost anything, if you do it right.

  20. friendlynerd says:

    Warning: you may lose weight eating that much McDonalds, but you might grow a magenta goatee.

  21. snoop-blog says:

    Hey, it could happen!

  22. laserjobs says:

    Most calories per dollar = Fried Pies

    Mmmmm Fried Pies!!!

  23. Bagels says:

    He didn’t mention he was bulimic

  24. Jesse says:

    Take that Morgan Spurlock!

  25. am84 says:

    WTF is with his beard?

  26. jscott73 says:

    I could lose wait eating 1200 calories of pure bacon grease every day, as long as that is all I ate, plus my coat would be nice and shiny.

    On the other hand, the way I like my Subway sandwiches, if I ate two of those a day every day I would definetly be gaining weight.

  27. Shadowman615 says:

    Ummm, diet soda? No calories. Sure, some might argue that the artificial sweeteners cause weird health issues in laboratory mice, but to be honest I really couldn’t give a (lab) rat’s ass.

  28. rellog says:

    This is the exception that proves the rule…

    Can you loose weight by limiting calories… yes.
    Will you be able to maintain it if you go off the diet..and eat the way you used to again? No.
    In reality, his diet is neither ideal nor recommended. As other have stated, it is too low in calories for an adult male. Additionally, much of that food is processed, which robs it of many nutritional benefits. And finally, it is NOT representative of a diet the majority of Americans could ever stick to. Americans eat too much, and restaurants want to keep it that way…

  29. blainer says:

    @Sockatume: C’mon man! Scurvy is your ticket to quick weight loss!

  30. Super1984 says:

    @snoop-blog: Hi, if you were responding to my comment, I was using sarcastic hyperbole. Of course, someone could lose weight in any restaurant if one eats little enough.

  31. Scuba Steve says:

    I always stay away from fries and soda when I go to a fast food restaurant, and I very rarely go to restaurants.

    Exercise is the real challenge. Most people wont do it, which is sad, because even a little bit is better than none.

  32. GenXCub says:

    @Dead Wrestlers Society:

    I wouldn’t call it starvation. A 300 pound man on weight watchers is assigned 33 points per day, which, depending on fat and fiber content can be 1400-1700 calories.

    I had no problems staying under 33 points at that weight. However, at 33 points, you could have 10 subway wraps per day. I doubt you could do the same with the ones they sell at McDonalds.

  33. snoop-blog says:

    @Super1984: sarcasm is hard to detect, but too many other comments were echoing yours but being totally serious. I kinda thought you were, in fact i held off on submitting until I read more comments like it. Wow, the thought process behind blogging is serious stuff.

  34. u1itn0w2day says:

    Jesse-Take that Morgan Spurlock!

    That MOVIE wasn’t anything close to reality.It was more a what if?.First not everyone super sizes and second he actually LIMITED his exercise.If he had just walked more his numbers would’ve came out better-increased activity increases metabolism.I don’t even think there were enough controls for a valid scientific experiment.

  35. sean77 says:

    @GenXCub: Doesn’t matter what *you’d* call it.

    Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, called Mr. Coleson’s plan of 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day a “starvation diet.”

  36. ffmariners says:

    Is this not considered a re-post?

    Anyways, yeah… what everyone else said.

    I hope he took multivitamins.

  37. VikingP77 says:

    Yes he lost weight but how did he feel?

  38. thesepretzels says:

    This is why I stopped eating at restaurants years ago.

  39. nedzeppelin says:

    @sean77: sounds like someone at the american dietetic association is trying to drum up business.

    1400 calories is not really unreasonable. it’s pretty low calorie restriction sure, but definitely doable. if you assume the guy burns 2,500 calories a day, he’s basically burning 2 pounds a week, which is about the upper limit of what healthy weight loss should be.

    when i was cutting weight i aimed for 1500-1600 calories a day, and i’m 6’3 and was 240 pounds.
    in fact, since i ate 5 meals a day of about 300 calories each, i actually always felt full the whole day.

  40. MikeB says:

    @rellog: This has been my problem with diets for a long time. It requires a life change to maintain your weight lose and then your weight. Last August I took a 10 week course on proper nutrition and how to lose weight. Yes it is basically common sense but the course has helped me. To date, I have lost 65 pounds (started at 273) and I am still going. I am eating no more than 2100 calories and 73g of fat, most times it is much lower. Before I started I was probably eating around 3000 calories and 100+ grams of fat a day. I do not plan on going back to my old ways. And best of all, my young kids are eating much much healthier, so maybe they won’t have to “fight” with their weight for many many years.

  41. maztec says:

    I wonder how his cholesterol is . . .


    Before the 19th Century – the average adult consumed between 3000 and 5000 calories per day. It all comes down to how much work you do and what the food you are eating consists of. If it is just empty calories, hell yes you will gain weight.

  42. Concerned_Citizen says:

    A tube playset for disabled parents? This guy does know you’re not supposed to go in the play place with your children, right?

  43. bdsakx says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever lose weight eating at a McDonald’s. Every time I walk in I tell myself I should get the salad, but in the end what comes out of my mouth is “I’d like the #1 Big Mac combo, please”… ughh…

  44. xamarshahx says:

    long as u skip stuff like mayonaisse and extra cheese, some of those grilled chicken sandwiches are not too bad. even the salads, just use half the dressing. its all about choices.

  45. nutrigm says:

    eating less is the only way. That’s why diet pills that curb your cravings like Slim-30, vegemax etc sell millions a year.

  46. harryhoody says:

    The lengths to which a husband goes to prove his wife wrong.

  47. Jbball says:

    What an idiot. His fat ass lost weight because he cut his calorie intake, by what I can only assume, 5 times his old current daily intake and seems to think it’s because of McDonalds.

    A fat person can eat all the McDonalds they want and loose muscle mass (loose weight), but they’ll just be a skeleton with fat layered on them.

    What a noob.

  48. Super1984 says:

    @snoop-blog: It’s all cool.

  49. floyderdc says:

    I wonder if I tried this with my favorite place Jack n’ the Box if the would pay me? Or at least get me back out west for a while. 1400 calorie a day diet, and sunny california here I come.

  50. ludwigk says:

    What were you eating in 300 calorie increments to stay full all day? I know I can eat 300 calorie snacks (stuff that isn’t terribly good for me), and be hungry 10 minutes later. Did you bring bran muffins or oatmeal to work?

  51. GenXCub says:


    Whether a dietician wants to call it a starvation diet, it’s still more calories than Jared had from Subway, and he’s treated like some strange dieters’ messiah.

  52. DogTheSixth says:

    @ludwigk: soy burgers (I like morningstar farms the best) – on a generic bun – 250 calories. 4 a day is 1000 calories with plenty of protein and little fat. I round it out to around 1600 a day with fruit and nuts. I’ve lost around 65 pounds since december, and never felt hungry. (jonesing for soda is/was another matter entirely.)

    Kudos to the dude who lost it eating at McD’s, but I’ll bet I’ve been a lot less gassy.

  53. packetsniffer says:

    “but would like to encourage McDonald’s to build playgrounds where parents with disabilities can play with their children.”
    What? Normal parents can’t even play with their kids in the playgrounds right now. That’s a ridiculous request. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to downplay disabilities at all; but let’s be reasonable here.

  54. Mozoltov, motherfucker says:

    @SkokieGuy: AW HELL NAW MAN WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? Don’t let the secret get out, you could put all those weight loss gurus out of business! Weight loss is HARD! it requires some fancy gym equipment, magic pills, and $50 a day in overpriced food!

  55. drjayphd says:

    @u1itn0w2day: But the point of the movie wasn’t just the “eat everything on the McDonald’s menu, always Super-Size, and HOLY SHIT I’M A FATASS” exercise. It was that while it’s possible to eat healthy at McDonald’s, the company did push bigger and more fattening items, as well as that a large chunk of customers are what McDonald’s termed “heavy users”. And how often do they go for the salads and not the burgers and fries? Sure, he took it to its logical extent, and the exercise wasn’t entirely scientific, but it sure did succeed in getting attention (not just for himself, but at those fat-pushing practices).

  56. drjayphd says:

    @floyderdc: Five Guys could do the same here, just pay me in free food. :D

  57. drjayphd says:

    @cubensis: I wonder if Deprong Mori comments here… after all, he IS Lifehacker’s go-to guy for the Michael Pollan quotes. ;)

  58. fjordtjie says:

    there’s very little nutritional value in what he’s eating…so it isn’t surprising there was weight loss. when was the occassional cheeseburger?–once a week, month? if he were to maintain this ‘diet’ he’d eventually die from lack of nutrients.

    also what kind of crazy is he…disabled adult playground? you want larger, urine soaked plastic tubes? what? i see maybe 3 adults using it ever. the things are for the kids, so the parents can sit back, eat their 4000 calorie meal, and not have to follow them around. and from the kid’s perspective, how embarassing would it be to have your parent following you around in the tube maze–guarantee noone else would want to play with you!

    the whole things lame. get a life…outside of mcdonalds.

  59. fjordtjie says:

    …you can tell he’s losing weight for all the right reasons when he’s doing it just to prove his wife wrong. could be reverse psychology on her part, but even so, once the goal is reached, good luck getting him to keep it off. ‘well, i’m down to 185, you can lose almost 100 pounds eating only mcdonald’s. now, i will proceed to make up lost time by eating my former weight in big mac’s.’

  60. Caloric restriction combined with increased activity = weight loss.

    I know the formula. Unable to apply the forumla ’cause I like food too much.

  61. pigeonpenelope says:

    for starters.. eww! every time in the past that i’ve eaten mcd’s i’ve had issues that fall into the TMI category.

    also, those salads contain excess sugar and sodium. the veggies are dead and the other food is over processed. while he might be losing weight, the sodium intake might have a negative impact. also, two meals for anyone is too little and 1200-1400 calories for an adult make is way too little. he’s starving his body of the real nutrients he needs. i wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have much energy.

  62. EtherealStrife says:

    I bet you can’t gain 86 lbs eating just healthy foods!

  63. rellog says:

    @u1itn0w2day: Supersize ME was in no way intended to be a scientific experiment.

    People often loose the message behind the movie. It is not meant to be taken 100% literally. But you’d be surprised how many people get 60, 70, 80 and even close to 100% of their food from fast food restaurants.
    I have shown this movie to my students and had them do an exercise where they figure out the caloric intake of some average McDonald’s meals, and then their favorite meals…. They (as was I) are shocked at how many calories they take in in one meal. My meal for example- the two cheeseburger value meal is over 1300 calories. More than half my caloric intake for a DAY in one sitting.

  64. synergy says:

    @DogTheSixth: Well said. All the people thinking that number of calories is too low are in need of nutritional information.

  65. Jetgirly says:

    Too bad he wasn’t in Sweden where he could have eaten Veggie McNuggets.

  66. camille_javal says:

    @qwickone: 1200 is the lowest the average adult can eat without risk of slipping into ketosis.

    However, when someone is very heavy, they often start at 1200-1400 early in the diet to jump start – that’s the number of calories they eat on (I hate to say it) the biggest loser.

  67. pigeonpenelope says:

    @synergy: i’m sorry but you are quite wrong. thinking that there is no low to the amount of calories one intakes is a dangerous myth to subscribe to. by consuming dangerously low calories your body does the following: slows your metabolism, eats its own muscles, reduce the amount of nutrients going to non-essential organs, and in extreme cases the body will shut down vital organs while coping. i’m not a doctor or an expert in weight loss however my research has shown that 1200 calories, unless he is a very very small man, is way too low for him.

    if dogthesixth can prove that he is gaining muscles and has no white marks on his fingernails nor cracks in his tongue, then he might have a case.

  68. Amy Alkon000 says:

    Want to lose weight and not go without vitamins? Eat cheeseburgers, no buns, and stop when you aren’t hungry anymore. As Gary Taubes, author of “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” told me in a phone interview, “Meat has every vitamin but vitamin C.” His book tells you why most of what people believe is science about food is really “science.”

  69. pigeonpenelope says:

    @camille_javal: ketosis is a good thing. it means the body is converting fat into energy. healthy weight loss is important to me and i’ve done a lot of research. since i’m female i know more about what i need and less about what males need however i have seen that in males it is recommended never to go lower than 1800 calories.

    a simple google search will produce the results from reputable sites. i’m not digging these out of my butt.

  70. hwestiii says:

    I wonder if McDonald’s could actually stay in business if their average customer only purchased product proportional to a 1200 calorie per day diet each time they visited.

  71. katylostherart says:

    @pigeonpenelope: you can’t really say “you should” do anything dietary when it comes to just caloric intake. i mean some people do just fine on two meals a day, some people have one meal a day, some peoply have 3 squares, some people have 6, some people never eat a meal and just constantly graze. diet is a very personal thing. vitamin, mineral and protein deficiences can happen on nearly any diet to any person. some people are anemic, some people have metabolic disorders, some people have hormone problems, some people are lazy, some people are marathon runners, some people have to run marathons to be normal. it all depends. this guy did something that worked very well for him. the thing about a weight-loss diet vs a maintenance or actual daily diet is they’re different.

    it’s ok that he dropped his calories that much and he probably will adjust and up them over time as he gets healthier. the loss of 86lbs almost definitely outweighs any sort of caloric based deficiency he may have. this wasn’t anorexic even close to an anorexic level of calories.

    ketosis is not something that has a set level of calories either. if you eat 1200 calories worth of carbs (any kind really), you will probably not induce ketosis because it’s based on how much glucose your body’s getting, not calories. it’s why diabetics can benefit from a low carb diet but a relatively higher calorie or high fat diet. you can induce ketosis eating 2000 calories a day as long as your body doesn’t get enough glucose. you can ask endocrinologists more about this.

  72. evslin says:


    Let’s check up on this guy a year down the road and see if he’s kept that weight off.

  73. Zaos says:

    Um my eating habits have been the same and i’ve lost 15-20 pounds since March, my DRINKING habits have changed from 3 20oz sodas a day to 2 12oz sodas/week + 1 night of enough beer i don’t remember what happened.

    i do some office stuff to keep my blood flowing in the day and usually have 1 powdered water drink too. and then some crunchs at home, i go on walks sporadically.

    i know someone on a 400 calorie a day diet and he feels great /shrug its all dependent upon who is doing it… i guess people still have never figured that out

  74. cloud-on-a-bike says:

    I’m not surprised by this at all. Like others have said, you can lose weight eating anything, as long as you stick to a caloric intake that is less than what you burn.

    You can get a rough idea of how much you burn at a resting rate a day by your weight, height, age, and sex by using a calculator online. Then, you take that number and subtract 500 from it. That’s the number of calories you should eat per day and you will lose about a pound a week. Subtract 1000 and you’ll lose 2 pounds, which is the maximum safe amount of weight to lose per week. Or, you can subtract less calories and exercise more to make up for it. You get the idea.

    At the beginning of the year I was super resolved to lose weight, even a little. I lost about 25 pounds just by looking at the calories of what I was eating and exercising daily. I still went to McDonalds, Arbys, whatever– but I made sure my meals there were around or under 400 calories. I stopped my exercise routine because of an injury and I still eat at all those bad places but I haven’t gained anything back because I know how much I can eat to maintain. Unfortunately I love to eat so the exercise was what helped me *lose* weight but I do eat better now than I did before.

  75. planet2334 says:

    It probably helps that McD’s started serving healthier stuff lately. Their yogurt parfaits are good. Don’t think the weight loss could have happened too well like 5-10 years ago at a place like that, better choices are relatively recent. Glad it worked out for him. Now to see if he keeps it off…

  76. ShariC says:

    After reading so many comments about this post, I’m convinced people are far more interested in being negative than anything else. He lost weight. He ate as healthily as possible on a fast food diet. The comments focus on his beard, the lack of nutrition in the diet, and whether or not he can keep it off.

    The guy found some motivation by approaching a diet from a particular angle. He also exercised more self-control than most people are capable of in the face of the smell of fries and burgers. Whether he continues this “diet” or not, he deserves credit for modifying his eating habits and mastering his appetite.

  77. pigeonpenelope says:

    i only hope that those folks who think that eating 400 calories a day or who are depriving their body of nutrients are seeing doctors and getting full physicals. just because you’re “feeling great” doesn’t mean you actually are. a lot of unhealthy folks don’t know they don’t feel as bad as they really do until they start a healthy diet and exercise routine.

    its also a myth that not getting many calories will help you lose weight. calories help with energy and energy is necessary for metabolism. a lot of obese folks don’t eat much and eat scarcely. their bodies are starving and using muscle not fat. when deprived of calories, the body goes into starvation mode and uses the incoming calories to produce fat and not burn fat.

    this isn’t secret information, this is common fact. its not something kept from the public. perhaps people are getting their “its okay to not eat many calories” information from diet books with suggestions that you can eat only meat and no carbs and what not. the real secret to losing weight–a well-rounded whole foods diet and regular exercise. i don’t know any reputable doctor who would ever disagree.

  78. katylostherart says:

    @pigeonpenelope: it’s not a myth that not getting enough calories will help you lose weight. starvation does make you lose weight. if you eat 400 calories a day (generally accepted as teh clinical level for anorexia) you will lose weight. yes you will probably damage your body as you do so, and your body will probably eat its muscle before its fat, but you will lose weight. you will lose fat too, not just muscle. after losing body fat and abdminal fat, you start losing the fats that do things like keep your organs in place. starvation will cause weight loss and fat loss along with eventually emaciation and then things like marasmus and death.

    no matter how little an obese person thinks they’re eating, or how scarcely, they ARE eating enough to maintain their weight. if they did drop their caloric intake to starvation levels the would lose weight. it’s a simple matter of physics. the body takes x amount of calories to exist and x>0. if you eat 1000 calories and that’s all your body needs it will maintain its weight. if you eat 2000 calories and your body needs 3000 you will lose weight. kinetic and potential energy are directly related to mass (e=mc^2). calories are energy, weight for all intents and purposes is mass.

    i don’t know any reputable doctor that would argue a) you can’t starve yourself thin, b) obese people don’t eat too much or do too little or both. you should consider a switch in physicians if yours have told you either of those aren’t true.

  79. katylostherart says:

    *excess abdominal fat

  80. thesupreme1 says:

    Lol I like the comments the mention how they limit their fat intake. Well I got news for you fat isn’t as evil as you all think. Yes your low fat diets are working because you are at least limiting your fat intake. But I just hate reading posts that appear to make that assumption. For most people the real evil are simple carbs, not fat. I can almost gurantee if all people would just 3 simple things they would lose some weight.
    1) Limit Carb intake. When you do eat carbs make sure you don’t get it from processed foods.
    2) Cut out your liquid calories. Stick to just water/tea/cofee. If you must sweeten use the artificial sweetner
    3)Cut out Fructose/Trans fat from your diet completely.

    Yea I know I just eliminated a lot of evil food but I can (almost) always guarantee weight loss. Toss in even 30min of extra activity and you’ll be set with an easy to do “diet.” Diet isn’t a thing you do for a month and then quit, a diet is lifestyle change. As long as people continue to view a “diet” this way people will continue to yo-yo up and down with their weight. and people worrying about their weight/BMI is another issue…

  81. @katylostherart:
    of course you CAN starve yourself thin, but the result is that your metabolism lowers and you will probably end up gaining back more than you lost.. As for this guy, I’m sure his body had enough excess energy to go with a low calorie diet.

    Here I come Mcdonald’s wraps and walnut salads! lol

  82. sean77 says:

    @thesupreme1: Limiting carbs makes you stupid. Your brain’s only fuel is carbs.

  83. coren says:

    @Wormfather: It’s in part due to lower calories at Subway on very specific subs, I think.

    @maztec: Yeah, considering most of us don’t work on a farm or aren’t serfs or whatever, that would really explain a lot.

    @Jbball: Troll harder.

  84. MisterE87 says:

    Just because he lost weight doesn’t mean he’s healthy. Ever watched ‘Weeds’? The Candy Man called it “skinny-fat”

  85. pigeonpenelope says:

    @katylostherart: yes there is starving yourself thin. there’s plenty of evidence to support that. what i’m arguing is that for those folks who think that eating the appropriate amount of calories for their body means eating less than is healthy, it isn’t. i’m saying that you can lose weight by eating a good amount of calories. i’m saying that if you starve your body you hinder your metabolism from its full functioning and go into starvation mode. in starvation mode, your body eats muscle and stores fat. before you reply next time, please do your research or i’m no longer carrying a conversation.

  86. pigeonpenelope says:

    @pigeonpenelope: and i forgot to mention that in starvation mode the body utilizes all new calories by turning them into fat. hence why some folks are fat and don’t eat much.

  87. aikoto says:

    The title should read:

    Man Loses 86 lbs Eating 1,200-1,400 Calories Per Day.

    There’s no story here.

  88. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    So he practically starves himself to lose weight and when he did eat he ate food from McDonalds.

    $5 says his insides are f—ed up.

  89. HonestNigerian says:

    I believe it. I went from 177 to 147 in about 4 months eating at Mcdonalds. For dinner every night, I had the chicken select tenders, with a side salad and half the packet of ceasar dressing. I also had the same thing for lunch if I didn’t eat a lean cuisine or some other low calorie frozen dinner. No soft drinks unless they were diet. I also exercised. but I lost the weight.

  90. Superawesomerad says:

    Chris Coleson, a businessman from Richmond, VA told his wife he could lose weight by eating anywhere – even McDonald’s.

    “I told her I could lose weight eating anywhere,” he said. “I told her I could do it eating at McDonald’s.”

    Really crackerjack writing there, guys.

  91. glitterpig says:

    Kinda funny – I know a guy who just started a McDonad’s diet in order to be the next Jared. (His is actually cheeseburger/fries/coke – but I think like one a day, and no other food – he’ll probably expire before getting famous, but is a hardheaded sort and there’s no arguing this with him.)

    Think how pissed he’ll be that someone beat him to the punch!

  92. chrisjames says:

    Like Subway’s Jared is any different? Same concept, different fast food chain. A McDonald’s starvation diet would at least be cheaper than a Subway starvation diet.

  93. Canoehead says:

    When the Atkins diet first came out, Ross Douthat wanted to try it, but being in college he could not afford all the roast beef, etc., so he substituted McDonalds burger patties – toss the bun, no sauce.

  94. Trai_Dep says:

    Since they put HFCS in everything – even salads – I’d wonder how long it is before he’s diabetic. Still, baby steps, so good for the guy!

  95. CPC24 says:

    I lost 20-30 pounds a few years back eating Subway, Wendy’s, and even some McDonald’s. It’s all in the calorie and fat intake.

  96. sega8800 says:

    I tried to eat one meal a day with any fast food restaurant, I gained 35 pounds after 3 years. Now, I am trying something else to lose weight…

  97. Channing says:

    Wow, 1200 calories a day is actually pretty unhealthy. You might want to see someone about that anorexia you have. =/
    I’m being super serious, too.

  98. quieterhue says:

    I am a 5’4″ woman weighing in at just under 140 lbs. If I want to lose weight, I eat 1,200-1,400 calories a day. A 300-lb grown man shouldn’t be consuming that range of calories per day, especially when the food he’s eating is so devoid of proper nutrition (apple walnut salads and cheeseburgers?). It’s no surprise that he lost weight, but the way he did it was very unhealthy. He probably lost the weight very rapidly, in which case he is likely to gain it back.

    At one point in my life, I weighted nearly 200 lbs; I lost the weight over the course of 2 years by employing responsible diet programs like South Beach and Weight Watchers. The only reason I’ve been able to keep the weight off is because I lost the weight slowly and reprogrammed my eating habits. If I had used one of those quick-fix starvation diets, I’d probably weigh 230 lbs now. I just hope people don’t read about this man’s “success” and attempt the same dangerous program.