By now almost everyone is aware of the 90-day McDonalds diet that John Cisna (a science teacher in Ankeny, Iowa) went on. For three months he ate EVERY meal at McDonalds: breakfast, lunch, and supper.
Unlike the schmuck who supersized everything in that obnoxious fake-umentary about McDonalds, Cisna tried to limit himself to having balanced, healthy meals.
Cisna attempted to stay within the dietary restrictions recommended by health professionals: fewer than 2,000 total calories per day, and allotted amounts for carbs, fat, protein and cholesterol.
The results were pretty much what you would expect:
He says he lost 37 pounds while on the all McDonald’s diet, and improved his overall cholesterol while also lowering his bad, or LDL, rate.
Ultimately, Cisna’s point seems to have been a larger one about self-control, and its role in the obesity epidemic.
“The point behind this documentary is, ‘Hey, it’s [a] choice,” he told KCCI. “We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat not McDonald’s.”
Granted, judging from the before-and-after photos, Cisna was quite overweight to start with. But this result and conclusion speak volumes about gubmnt intervention to control diets because of the obesity epidemic in North America. Attacks on big-name fast-food outlets are not the solution. Rather, letting people know that they are responsible for their own decisions and lives is crucial.
So, yes, if you supersize everything and ingest zillions of calories and carbs each day, you'll gain weight. Duh! And if you hold down the calories and carbs and make healthy selections, you'll lose weight. It should really come as no surprise.