Fast food junkies are reveling in joy right now and everyone who has been saying for years how bad fast foods are and that anyone who diets cannot seriously think of eating these foods is going to have to read what one man did to prove them wrong…
John Cisna, a science teacher experimented with an all Mcdonalds diet for 90 days and ended up losing 60 pounds. This was a science experiment he set out to test after his students asked him if it was possible to eat nothing but foods from this fast food chain.
The only thing about this story that makes sense is that John didn’t go and eat nothing but burgers. He actually stuck to a particular regiment:
- 3 meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- No more than 2,000 calories consumed a day.
- He walked for 45 minutes almost every single day.
- He ate items on the menu that were very basic: Oatmeal, egg whites, salads and a value meal.
And besides this leading to 60 pounds of weight loss, he also lowered his cholesterol! If you don’t think Mcdonalds foods, the type of stuff he was eating isn’t unusual. But there are a lot of people who think Mcdonalds foods are loaded with calories, trans fats and other bad ingredients.
I though most salads on the Mcdonalds menu had more calories than some of their value meals but this is incorrect. The Mcdonalds page which lists all of their salads also shows the calories per meal and the highest in salads was the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken which has 480 calories. The lowest was somewhere between 100-200 calories.
How many calories you consume is more important than what you eat.
Besides proving that it can be done, John also proved how important calories are. There are diets where you can eat practically anything you want, but in limited proportions and still lose weight, but maintaining a limit to how many calories you consume daily is very important.
This sort of eating approach is probably not going to be recommended by most doctors, not only because of the ingredients you’re going to be eating but also the money that you’re going to spend, but if you want to try something like this, find out how many calories you need to eat everyday to feel satisfied and don’t pass that limit.
John didn’t go over 2,000 calories but that was his example. The article which talked about John’s experiment did not say how tall he was, his age or how much he weighed before/after he tried the Mcdonalds “diet”. If someone doesn’t go over 2,000 calories, he might have started around 200-220 and by the end of it was under.
To find out how much calories you need to eat everyday to lose weight, but also not starve, find your BMR which will tell you this and then don’t go over that amount. Try to eat foods with a low satiety and rarely treat yourself to a big meal. You should have no problem losing weight then.