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Super Size Me? Science Teacher Loses
37 Lbs. Eating at McDonald´s

Real Clear Politics, by Ross Pomeroy

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Posted By:garnet, 1/7/2014 8:22:03 AM

McDonald´s slogan du jour is "I´m lovin´ it." "It," of course, refers to the voluminous gut one grows by consistently dining at the iconic fast-food joint. But "it" doesn´t have to be like that. Last fall, John Cisna -- a science teacher from Des Moines, Iowa -- ate nothing but McDonald´s for 90 days and wound up losing 37 pounds! Hold the mustard! How the heck can that be right? Here´s how: With the help of three of his students, Cisna simply planned and followed a diet that totaled no more than 2,000 calories each day and closely mirrored the reference daily

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/7/2014 8:31:47 AM     (No. 9682725)

Gee, moderation, what a concept !

Hear that Michelle and the rest of our food police ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Catherine, 1/7/2014 8:34:18 AM     (No. 9682732)

At some point, some enterprising scientist will be able to prove that for some overweight people, it´s not because they lack will power or over-eat. They are close to that now but you have to practically be a detective to find these articles. Yes, some is laziness and stuffing the pie hole, but not all of them. Why, maybe one day we can admit alcohol and illegal drugs is NOT a disease and is a weakness in character. The way your body demands and processes food just might be.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/7/2014 8:36:16 AM     (No. 9682735)

I went down four sizes and still ate fast food. I just ate it once a week and never the large size. I also walked a lot.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: horacer, 1/7/2014 8:41:36 AM     (No. 9682744)

It boils down to calories taken in versus calories burned off. If you burn off more than you take in weight loss will occur. He did one important thing most dieters skip, he kept a journal of everything he ate and drank. Patience and persistence works, the journal helps keep you on track.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/7/2014 8:46:22 AM     (No. 9682752)

Anybody who cuts down on caloric intake is going to loose weight (this guy 2,000 cals/day).

Problem is, it´s hard to cut down on food cravings when you eat processed food, and sugared stuff. That diet increases cravings.

That´s why it´s easier to loose weight with low carb/sugar diet. The food cravings disappear.

So, this guy´s experiment would be very difficult for most people to duplicate. Many or most people would not be able to eat at MCD 3X/day, and limit it to 2,000.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hot coffee, 1/7/2014 8:57:20 AM     (No. 9682771)

I personally know half a dozen people who are vegetarians/vegans (I know this because they constantly make a point to say they are).

All of them are overweight.

I´m a runner and eat whatever I want.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lancer12, 1/7/2014 9:17:14 AM     (No. 9682794)

Big Mac ok. Dump the bun (which has added sugar "We love you")

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Reply 8 - Posted by: cheese, 1/7/2014 9:43:56 AM     (No. 9682831)

What a silly article. When you read the title, you are led to believe that he ate McDonald´s food -- well, ok, he did, but it wasn´t Big Macs and Super Size fries, it was egg white sandwiches (eurgh!) and oatmeal. It would be like someone saying they spend 5 hours at the gym each day, (wow!) and then you find out they work at the front desk.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/7/2014 9:57:49 AM     (No. 9682858)

McDonald`s does not serve junk food. They serve hamburgers, french fries and milkshakes.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/7/2014 10:16:50 AM     (No. 9682899)

Great, Send Moochie to McDonalds...and NO FRIES for Her!

Seems to me the lost weight is from nutrition deprevation.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 1/7/2014 10:28:10 AM     (No. 9682916)

One must also note the 45 minutes of walking every day. That´s seven days a week. I think that is more important than him eating at McDonalds every day. I walk on our wonderful local trail system on my lunch hour, weather permitting. That´s the rub. Right now our wonderful trail system is covered in 2 inches of ice and snow and the temperature is 11 degrees. If I am able to walk consistently I can drop 5 lbs. in seven days. I sleep better and my appetite is squelched somewhat. But I don´t change my diet other than not wanting as much.

As previously noted, the vegetarians I know are also overweight. And one in particular is sick all the time with colds. She´s a germa-phobe, too. Go figure.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/7/2014 10:31:59 AM     (No. 9682923)

Interesting experiment, esp. the way he got the kids involved and they managed what he ate.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: philly1787, 1/7/2014 10:32:56 AM     (No. 9682927)

(calories in) - (calories burned) = (calories retained)

a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: msjena, 1/7/2014 10:38:13 AM     (No. 9682938)

You don´t have to order a Big Mac at McD´s. When I go (rarely), I get a regular burger, a small fries and a small drink. It´s cheaper that way, too.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 1/7/2014 10:49:25 AM     (No. 9682976)

The relationship between caloric intake and body mass has been understood by mainstream science for 100 years. It´s just a simple formula, as this guy just demonstrated again with his "science experiment." But good on him, maybe the publicity this generates will open a few eyes.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/7/2014 11:14:22 AM     (No. 9683014)

Take that Jared.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: PAdiva, 1/7/2014 12:41:00 PM     (No. 9683145)

He taught his students to THINK!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lucky4, 1/7/2014 12:57:50 PM     (No. 9683167)

In our family we order off the value menu, burger or chicken sandwhich and split a large fry. No more than once a week. None of us have a weight problem or food phobias or issues.
All things in moderation seems to really work on all levels.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dvc, 1/7/2014 11:47:31 PM     (No. 9683723)

Doesn´t surprise me. When I am in a hurry, I frequently eat lunch at McD´s - hamburger (250 cal), side salad with balsamic vinegarette (50 cal), fruit and yogurt parfait (150 cal) plus a Diet Coke or water (0 cal). Total 450 cal, fairly healthy and inexpensive.

Not too hard to do.

Really miss their Fruit and Walnut salad.

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