People Lose Weight at McDonald's

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People Lose Weight at McDonald's
By VALERIE BAUMAN, AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11) - Inspired by the documentary "Super Size Me," Merab Morgan decided to give a fast-food-only diet a try. The construction worker and mother of two ate only at McDonald's for 90 days - and dropped 37 pounds in the process.

It was a vastly different outcome than what happened in the documentary to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who put on 30 pounds and saw his health deteriorate after 5,000 calories a day of nothing but McDonald's food.

Morgan, from Henderson, thought the documentary had unfairly targeted the world's largest restaurant company, implying that the obese were victims of a careless corporate giant. People are responsible for what they eat, she said, not restaurants. The problem with a McDonald's-only diet isn't what's on the menu, but the choices made from it, she said.

"I thought it's two birds with one stone - to lose weight and to prove a point for the little fat people," Morgan said. "Just because they accidentally put an apple pie in my bag instead of my apple dippers doesn't mean I'm going to say, 'Oh, I can eat the apple pie."'

Spurlock, who turned his surprise-hit movie into a TV show on the FX network, isn't talking about Morgan or the many other McDieters who have criticized his film and found success losing weight by eating healthy foods off the McDonald's menu, said his agent, David Magdael.

One person went so far as to make her own independent film about dieting at McDonald's. "Me and Mickey D" follows Soso Whaley, of Kensington, N.H., as she spends three 30-day periods on the diet. She dropped from 175 to 139 pounds, eating 2,000 calories-a-day at McDonald's.

"I had to think about what I was eating," Whaley said. "I couldn't just walk in there and say 'I'll take a cinnamon bun and a Diet Coke.' ... I know a lot of people are really turned off by the whole thought of monitoring what they are eating, but that's part of the problem."

As might be expected, McDonald's also objected to the impressions left by Spurlock's film. Walt Riker, the company's vice president of corporate communications, said Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is pleased - but not surprised - that some customers have lost weight eating only at the fast-food giant.

Spurlock's film "really spurred a backlash based on common sense," Riker said.

Morgan used nutritional information downloaded from McDonald's Web site to create meal plans of no more than 1,400 calories a day. She only ate french fries twice, usually choosing burgers and salads. Those choices are a stark contrast with those made by Spurlock, who ate every menu item at least once.

At the end of the 90 days, she had dropped from 227 to 190 pounds.

"It feels great," she said. "Because, the truth of the matter is that beauty is power, and if you're fat, or your overweight, then people don't really take you seriously."

Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, agreed that a low-calorie, McDonald's-only diet can help people lose weight but said it may not offer enough long-term variety. Whatever an individual does to lose weight, they need to do for the rest of their life, she said.

Morgan said she hasn't decided if she will stick with the McDonald's-only plan to reach her goal of 150 pounds. But she does have one complaint about McDonald's.

"If I could suggest anything to McDonald's, I would suggest the McMargarita," Morgan said. "Dine-in only, of course."

 

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Who gives a sh!t about what you can do at McDonalds...while interesting that she lost weight and others did to to prove a point

McD's is still unhelathy as hell for you

I mean come ON PPL...its common sence that you need to care about what you eat AND EXERCISE

not to mention that McD's "healthy" salads have more than 18gs of fat b4 the dressing
 

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here in texas fast food joints have liquor licenses. at least, taco cabana and luther's bbq do.
 

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Originally posted by: Son of a N00b
Who gives a sh!t about what you can do at McDonalds...while interesting that she lost weight and others did to to prove a point

McD's is still unhelathy as hell for you

I mean come ON PPL...its common sence that you need to care about what you eat AND EXERCISE

not to mention that McD's "healthy" salads have more than 18gs of fat b4 the dressing

The low-fat vinegarette is awesome. :heart:
 

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Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC
 

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Originally posted by: Son of a N00b
Who gives a sh!t about what you can do at McDonalds...while interesting that she lost weight and others did to to prove a point

McD's is still unhelathy as hell for you

I mean come ON PPL...its common sence that you need to care about what you eat AND EXERCISE

not to mention that McD's "healthy" salads have more than 18gs of fat b4 the dressing

McDonalds food is no more healthy, or unhealthy than any other comparable food cooked elsewhere.

And which salad has more than 18g of fat??? Their highest is their Bacon Ranch with Chicken at 16g.

edit: sorry didn't see their cobb with chicken at 18g. Yet still, much of that is HEALTHY fats.

Most of them hover between 4 and 12g. Most of it healthy fats from Chicken and nuts.

Not all fats are bad, people.
 

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:thumbsup:

Fast food is fine, as long as you eat it in moderation. I eat fast food ~4-5 times a week. The trick is to stick to grilled chicken, salads, diet pop, chili, baked potatos, etc...
 

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Originally posted by: Son of a N00b
not to mention that McD's "healthy" salads have more than 18gs of fat b4 the dressing

only 1 of their salads (the cobb with fried chicken) has even 18 grams of fat before the dressing, and none more than that. the caesar has 6 with grilled chicken. add 1 for croutons. put on italian dressing and that is another 2.5.

and even the 18 grams of fat salad has just 360 calories. 400 if you add dressing. that is really good for what is basically 1 meal.
 

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Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.
 

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.

Thats kind of like saying that if you just eat the tiniest amount of rat poison, it is healthy. Of course it wont kill you but is it healthy?
 

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.

I believe all of their chicken sandwiches are now available grilled instead of fried.
 

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Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

It proves that people are overweight because of personal responsibility, not because of fast food.
 

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Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.

Thats kind of like saying that if you just eat the tiniest amount of rat poison, it is healthy. Of course it wont kill you but is it healthy?

Beef in moderation is NOT unhealthy. Nor is cheese, or bread.

Nice try, but a bullsh!t analogy.
 

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Originally posted by: Siva
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

It proves that people are overweight because of personal responsibility, not because of fast food.

I agree one hundred percent, but the fact that McDonalds continues to capialize on it by increasing portion sizes and catering to impressionible(sp) children to "hook" them into the lifestyle is a travesty.
 

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.

Thats kind of like saying that if you just eat the tiniest amount of rat poison, it is healthy. Of course it wont kill you but is it healthy?

Beef in moderation is NOT unhealthy. Nor is cheese, or bread.

Nice try, but a bullsh!t analogy.

Normal hamburgers are not unhealthy, but the way Mcdonalds serves them I cannot classify them as a natural product like you would get at home.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Siva
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

It proves that people are overweight because of personal responsibility, not because of fast food.

I agree one hundred percent, but the fact that McDonalds continues to capialize on it by increasing portion sizes and catering to impressionible(sp) children to "hook" them into the lifestyle is a travesty.

Oh GAWD! The only travesty are nanny-staters like yourself who absolve everyone of personal responsibility by blaming guns for crime and food and food sellers for obesity.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

One or two? They have over a dozen healthy items. And the so called "unhealthy" items are, in reality, healthy in moderation.

Thats kind of like saying that if you just eat the tiniest amount of rat poison, it is healthy. Of course it wont kill you but is it healthy?

Beef in moderation is NOT unhealthy. Nor is cheese, or bread.

Nice try, but a bullsh!t analogy.

Normal hamburgers are not unhealthy, but the way Mcdonalds serves them I cannot classify them as a natural product like you would get at home.

Really? Why not? (with proof, mind you)
 

MattCo

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Originally posted by: Amused
Originally posted by: MattCo
Originally posted by: Siva
Originally posted by: MattCo
Basically what she did is pick the one or two healthy items from their menu of a 100 items and lost weight. I guess that proves that McDonalds is healthy after all.

-MC

It proves that people are overweight because of personal responsibility, not because of fast food.

I agree one hundred percent, but the fact that McDonalds continues to capialize on it by increasing portion sizes and catering to impressionible(sp) children to "hook" them into the lifestyle is a travesty.

Oh GAWD! The only travesty are nanny-staters like yourself who absolve everyone of personal responsibility by blaming guns for crime and food and food sellers for obesity.

And the nation continues to get fatter and fatter, taxing my wallet to pay for the fat, stupid people who cannot decide.