Many of us would be quick to agree with the saying ‘fast food makes you fat.’ However, it appears that there is more that meets the eye with this matter.
John Cisna, who is a Science teacher in Ankeny, Iowa, has caused quite an uproar in recent news – he lost 37 pounds (approximately 16kg) in three months as he chowed down only on McDonald’s food.
Cisna and his students put together an experiment and amateur documentary that looked at fast-food, weight-loss and health – for ninety days, Cisna stayed on a daily nutritional limitation of 2,000 calories consisting of only McDonald’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to that, he also made it a point to exercise by walking for 45 minutes a day.
According to Cisna, the principle theory (or rather, hypothesis) of the study was that it is all right to eat any sort of fast food as long as you balance it out smartly throughout the day.
That in mind, his students constructed meals for him that stayed close to the recommended dietary allowances for nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fat calories, cholesterol. They obtained the food’s nutritional information off the McDonald’s website.
Another thing to note was the fact that Cisna and his team did not merely stick to all the low-carb and healthier Mickey D options. His typical daily diet consisted of:
- Breakfast: two egg white McMuffins and a bowl of maple oatmeal.
- Lunch: salad.
- Dinner: a value meal set, such as a cheeseburger and fries.
- Snacks and desserts: Ice cream cones, Sundaes.
The end product was truly an eye-opener. Cisna has lost 37 pounds, brought his cholesterol level down to 170 from 249 (his ‘bad’ cholesterol levels also dropped from 173 to 113) and significantly minimised mid-section fat. He credits the results to careful monitoring of food and exercising.
To get the whole story (as presented by KCCI News) and watch bits of the mini documentary, take a look at this video:
The bottom line is, one can eat McDonald’s (or any other fast food) and still be healthy – just as long as you pay attention to your daily nutrition value, caloric intake and exercise. As mentioned by the success story himself:
We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat not McDonald’s.