Teacher Loses 37 Pounds After Three-Month McDonald’s Diet

To be fair, he also exercised every day

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Robert Galbraith / Reuters

Remember the 2004 documentary Super Size Me and its blatant lack of a twist ending? Guy eats only highly processed, high-fat McDonald’s food for one month. Guy’s health deteriorates. The end.

Science teacher John Cisna tried out a similar experiment, but saw drastically different results. After eating nothing but McDonald’s for three months, the Iowa man lost 37 pounds and saw his cholesterol level drop significantly, local TV station KCCI reports.

Cisna enlisted his students to help him plan out a 2,000-calorie daily diet plan consisting only of food sold by the fast food giant. They also tried not to exceed recommended allowances of nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fat calories and cholesterol.

For breakfast, Cisna typically ate two egg white delights, a bowl of maple oatmeal and 1 percent milk. For lunch, he’d usually opt for a salad. And for dinner he’d order a more traditional value meal, including items like Big Macs, ice creams and sundaes. After Cisna told the owner of the local franchise about the experiment, he was so interested that he agreed to provide all the items free of charge.

During the experiment, Cisna walked for 45 minutes every day, and by the 90th day he reported that he’d lost 37 pounds. He also reported that his cholesterol had dropped from 249 to 170. He said he was able to get healthier simply because he made smart choices.

“It’s our choices that make us fat,” Cisna told KCCI. “Not McDonald’s.”

[KCCI]

121 comments
KrystleHope
KrystleHope

 Just because you lose weight does not make you healthy  He also exercised daily, and, although he had a few big macs, he also had salads, egg whites, and oatmeal daily. Now if he had done a blood test and hair sample analysis before and after showing is vitamin deficiences/excesses and toxins, then I would take the experiment more seriously. The drop in cholestoral is most likely from eating the salads daily, NOT from eating big macs. Should also take into account whatever he had been eating before the experiment. If you are eating junk food for 3 meals a day and replace two of those meals with somewhat healthier options, you're going to see some change, no matter what. 

HE
HE

Imagine if he had been eating real food.

Just because you look slimmer, does not mean your insides are doing that great. There are more important things than the number on a scale.

philbrazier
philbrazier

Wow, food is such a sensitive topic for us all. I can't agree with comments like "It doesn't matter what you eat" and just by keeping your calories and weight down you are being healthy. I worry that in the short term (20yrs) bad dietry choices may not show any obvious signs, but in one's 40's and 50's things like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancers are being seen. If you choose to eat healthy (plant based, fruits, legumes etc), surely your chances of being healthy and active in your later years is increased!

the.model.clair
the.model.clair

I honestly think that his walking for 45 minutes a day was what helped him NOT McDonalds.

Coach_Irf
Coach_Irf

@the.model.clair Partially correct, but mostly incorrect. If you reduce your caloric intake and only eat mcdonalds, you will lose weight. Exercise only accelerates the process by burning additional calories on top of the reduced calories, as well as tinkering a bit with your metabolism.  80% of losing weight is how much you eat, and another 20% can be attributed to more exercise

JezidiahCooke
JezidiahCooke

I love this. Thank you for going through all this to prove the obvious. It's a crying shame it took someone doing all this to show that we have control over our lives and we give it to corporations so we can pretend it's the fault of someone else.

forestjames3
forestjames3

The media hype over McDonald’s food is now laid to rest. Get this: people actually do have choices and they are smart enough to make their own. You can do worse by eating at home with junkfood snacks, sweets, and food that has so many additives that it is not healthy. Smart choices over the long run is what matters. Eat healthy most of the time and enjoy your food. If you stress out every time you eat healthy then you are going to have a heart attack from the stress. I had a dietary intolerence and had to be on a special diet for 7 years. I hated eating. Then i followed this weight loss program http://www.easyweightlossfast.com. I lost 20 pounds in just 2 months.

digdigdigdig
digdigdigdig

@forestjames3  McDonalds added a lot of the salads, egg white breakfast, etc. this person ate AFTER the "Super Size Me" controversy brought a lot of attention to the lack of healthy options on the menu, and showed that there would be a demand for more vegetables, lower fat, etc. So the first guy couldn't have made the same choices that this one did. There are ways to "hack" the old mcdonalds menu (for example, when I was vegetarian, I made "grilled cheeses" by ordering a big mac without the meat) but it was way more limited than it is now, a few years later. If you grew up in the 80s-90s or before you'd understand.

Fred11212
Fred11212

I can't believe you people. 


IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU EAT!! As long as you're under the required calories to maintain weight on your body, you will lose weight. Same thing if you are over your maintenance level.


Clearly there will be side-effects of eating horribly (Vitamin & Mineral deficiencies), but you will still lose weight.


2000 calories was probably quite a bit under his maintenance level, thus he lost weight. End of story.

zelskid1
zelskid1

Did manager advertise this story

DiegoDelgadoG
DiegoDelgadoG

Sure, plenty of healthy choices in Mc Donalds menu. Thank you but I rather look for choices elsewhere.


FinnishCanadian
FinnishCanadian

This is a stupid way to lose weight.  Anyways,  I lost twice as much weight (30kgs) in about 4 months by eating much healthier foods and exercise.  Not only did I lose weight I gained muscle, improved my fitness e,g (125 max bench press) from 80 kg max, 

JezidiahCooke
JezidiahCooke

@FinnishCanadian I agree this isn't the best or wisest way to lose weight but it debunks the myth that Micky D's is always bad no matter what.

peperoldan61
peperoldan61

Less weight and lower cholesterol are only two biometrics considered "healthy" here. What about the long-term effects of eating meat products, saturated fat, simple carbohydrates, gallons of corn syrup, trace residues of pesticides and herbicides, hormones and antibiotics given to industrial farm animals, etc.? Do the research before you think fast food is "safe" and "healthy".

Recon
Recon

@peperoldan61 What about when you walk out of your door and get kill by a car? Jesus people its just food omg

JezidiahCooke
JezidiahCooke

@peperoldan61 The sad fact is most people don't really care about pesticides, etc. And that's a good thing because otherwise the global community would have a hard time feeding itself. Oh, I don't say that because we lack resources. We just lack people that are greed-less enough to gather those resources and provide them to those that need them.

k.kaprow
k.kaprow

I went on an internet comments diet and lost 37 IQ points.

ragingbullarizona
ragingbullarizona

@k.kaprow While reading ridiculous comments, Not yours, I lost 37 IQ points. What I'm also trying to say is I love people like you that have wit. Thank you for this post. 

JezidiahCooke
JezidiahCooke

@k.kaprow If you applied yourself you could have run into a dresser, burnt down your neighbors house and gotten a college degree inbetween.


Underachiever!

DavidKyle
DavidKyle

Its none of big governments business what we eat but the last line sums it up well it is "our choices that make us fat, not Mc Donalds"  


it may be fair for the government to provide guidance for our choices.  put warning labels, etc but not to dictates what or how much we consume.


It  should be noted that the US Senate Select Committee recommendations for healthy diet were heavily influenced by special interest groups and are not scientific at all.  The majority of the recommendations have proven false or very suspect. 


I would not trust the government to make the best decisions about my health. 

jbigs
jbigs

So he experimented with McDonald's foods....I am more concerned that he has the MONEY to experiment with!! Maybe teachers really do get paid enough...hmmmm...

jbigs
jbigs

@krislankay @jbigs  @krislankay...you're right I didn't read the whole article, however if the owner DIDN'T agree to comp all the meals, the teacher WOULD have paid for them so my comment still holds! damn...

krislankay
krislankay

@jbigs It says the manager comped all the meals. Learn to read..damn

DavidKyle
DavidKyle

@jbigs one of the issues with fast food is that among our food choices it is relatively less expensive., which encourages eating more of it.  I think that almost any teacher could afford it.  possibly not a Mc Donold's employee, but surely a teacher.


although teachers get paid less than they should relative to their skills and education, they are by no means poor.  They are clearly middle class.  If they worked more than 7-8 months a year they would get paid a lot better but teaching is an honorable profession that in spite of  teacher's unions claims are fairly compensated.

Brock9
Brock9

@jbigs @krislankay Seriously?  Why would you even bring that up?  Everyone makes mistakes so the first comment was acceptable... but the second one is just embarrassing for you.  


How do you know that he would have done the experiment if it wasn't free? Even if you did, eating at McDonald's regularly does not typically reflect wealth.  Even if it did, is your responsibility to tell him how to spend his money?  And even if it was, clearly you didn't have a science teacher as good as him to teach you that making a sweeping claim based on one data point has almost completely no value whatsoever, so one 'wealthy' teacher really does not mean that teachers get paid enough - he could have a trust fund, or have won the lottery, or have a wealthy spouse, or any other number of reasons that would make your claim completely and totally irrelevant.  


I think I just lost 5 IQ points just from trying to understand how you think (or whether you are capable of it)..  





the.model.clair
the.model.clair

@jbigs @krislankay  average single male spends 363 a month in groceries. if he spent about $15 a day at mcdonalds, he would only be spending 87 more dollars than had he gone to the grocery store.