Man Drops 80 Lbs. On McDonald's Diet

Man Drops 80 Lbs. On McDonald's Diet

There are 17 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Jun 20, 2008, titled Man Drops 80 Lbs. On McDonald's Diet. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

A Virginia man lost about 80 pounds in six months by eating nearly every meal at McDonald's . Not Big Macs, french fries or chocolate shakes.

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Mount Laurel, NJ

#1 Jun 20, 2008
why are stupid stories like this even published

Englewood, CO

#3 Jun 20, 2008
so true, you can only hold that food in your stomach about an hour before it just has to come a carrot stick and some rice cakes....

Glenmoore, PA

#4 Jun 20, 2008
I love MCDonalds, but it doesn't love me. If I eat anything from there, I'm sick for the rest of the day.

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Jun 20, 2008
He may have dropped 80 lbs but I wonder how high his cholesterol level is now LOL.

Fredericksburg, VA

#6 Jun 20, 2008
What an inspiration!! B A R F !!!!

Newtown, PA

#7 Jun 20, 2008
Someone find a krispy kreme diet. Thats my kind of diet.

Oh Cartman- that is exactly why he lost all the weight.

Denton, TX

#8 Jun 20, 2008

Miami, FL

#9 Jun 20, 2008
How much did Mcd corp. pay this guy for the excellent PR...

Since: May 08

San Jose, CA

#10 Jun 20, 2008
what a stupid story. ok its common sense, if you eat salad, no matter where it is from, of course you will loose 80 lbs....if you eat 3 burgers a day and fries for a month, of course you will gain 28 lbs. DUH!!!!!!
Lisa G

Lansing, MI

#12 Jun 20, 2008
chris wrote:
so true, you can only hold that food in your stomach about an hour before it just has to come a carrot stick and some rice cakes....
An hour? How do you last that long?

Since: May 08

Bonita/San Bruno, CA

#13 Jun 21, 2008
No suprise. With proper portion control, and informed meal decisions, especially with the controlled proportions offered by large chains, one can establish a diet which will assist in weight loss. It comes down to calories required compared to calories consumed.
J Siegman

Elmhurst, IL

#14 Jun 21, 2008
Any chance you could include a typical day's consumption? It would be very interesting to know what menu choices he actually used to achieve the weight loss.

Morrisville, PA

#16 Jun 21, 2008
It says in the article he ate salads and apples and wraps, not burgers. Which is get salads at McD's. If you are gonna go there, just be honest and get a burger and fries. LOL.
Experienced teacher

Hollywood, FL

#17 Jun 23, 2008
Most of the fast-food chains offer relatively "healthy" alternatives on their menus, including grilled chicken, salads (dressing on the side, of course), yogurt with fruit, etc.
The problem is that our taste buds have been conditioned for high fat, high sugar, high sodium, and calorie-dense foods. Our lifestyles have changed radically over the decades. When I was a teenager in the 70s, McDonalds was an occasional "treat". Like most families, my mother was a stay-at-home mom who prepared meals every day.
Today's families almost always have both parents working and have latch-key kids. Because the almighty dollar is driving business, companies are driving workers to the point of exhaustion without additional compensation. Each worker is covertly forced to do the job of 3 people. We're so exhausted at the end of the day, most of us don't have the energy to cook and therefore rely on either restaurants or fast food.
The fast food industry is bending to pressure from consumer groups to offer more health-conscious menus. Unfortunately, most of us opt for the calorie-dense entrees thus making us fat and listless.
The bottom line is that we need to make better choices and guide our children as well. Every fast-food restaurant has a nutrition guide available for download on the Internet. However, it doesn't take a rocket scienist to figure out that grilled vs. fried, salad vs. french fries, fruit vs. apple pie are going to be the more prudent choices.
Do we have to chuck the high-calorie, sugar and fat laden foods forever? Absolutely not! This is an unrealistic goal - and it leads to a feeling of deprivation. That's why so many diets fail. I successfully lost 50 pounds several years ago by making healthy choices throughout the week with the knowledge that on Sunday, I could eat whatever I wanted and not feel guilty about it. If I wanted cheesecake during the week, I learned to "procrastinate" the decision to eat it knowing that I could have it on Sunday. the interesting thing is that, by Sunday, I lost the urge for cheesecake.
In conclusion, the fast-food restaurants are not really the bad guys that we paint them to be. It is up to each of us to make a conscious decision to make better food choices. And, how about making Saturday or Sunday a day that we actually cook a meal at home? We need to take time to slow down once in a while and spend some precious time at home with friends and family. If you have children, realize that they would much rather have the gift of time from their parents than being showered with material gifts. Ask them about their hopes, dreams, fears, likes, dislikes, whatever.... they just need a chance to be heard with the knowledge that an adult cares.
Then, take them out once a week to McDonalds as a treat!

Morrisville, PA

#18 Jun 23, 2008
Yep we are guilty of taking our kids there more than my parents did when we were kids.

The only thing I disagree with is that I do not think people are being forced to work extra...I think people are used to living a certain way and they choose to work extra to afford all the "things" they want rather than do without. In general...of course there are all types of people, but I'm saying that as a general, average, American thing. Actually polls are saying people waste quite alot of time at work these days.

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Jun 23, 2008
80 lbs. lighter and with clogged arteries. Some acomplishment!

Morrisville, PA

#20 Jun 23, 2008
You guys don't even read the article....he ate salads, wraps, and fruit.

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