In a turn to the bizarre, Mcdonald’s decided to take a high school science experiement and turn it into a fame fest. John Cisna, a science teacher who starred in the experiment, made a documentary titled 540 Meals, Choices Make The Difference. This got him popular enough to have McDonalds take his documentary, and pay him to go school to school teaching students that eating fast food all day every day is possible to be “healthy.”
In the documentary, Cisna ate 540 meals, or 160 days of nothing but breakfast, lunch, and dinner at McDonalds. In his documentary he was fat and out of shape, and then he ate 2000 calories a day (less than he used to eat) and walked for at least 45 minutes a day (more than he did usually), and as a result his cholesterol went down and he lost 60 pounds.
Now while this documentary is not wrong, per se, it does not give very helpful advice. While you CAN go out and eat at fast food and be able to eat a low enough calorie diet to lose weight (FatHead already accomplished this YEARS before this cheap documentary), but eating full time at fast food, especially someplace as nutritionally deficient like McDonalds, is not healthy to eat at for a long period of time. Not to mention that his saturated fat, transfat, and added sugars were still high, even if they were lower than his usual consumption.
The main reason he lost weight isn’t that he ate at mcdonalds, but because he ate less and exercised more, regardless. But a well balanced, healthy diet of vegetables, grains, and lean foods are better for you in the long run than eating fat-filled Mcdonalds foods. Today wrote this about this story:
While applauding Cisna’s efforts to lose weight and improve his health, his McDonald’s diet is not realistic or reasonable for most people to follow long-term, said Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian nutritionist in New York and author of “Younger Next Week.”
Much of Cisna’s results have to do with cutting his calorie intake, so it’s not surprising that he lost weight and lowered his cholesterol, Zied said. But it’s likely his diet was high in sodium, low in fiber and not as rich in vitamins and minerals as it could be because it lacked a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutrient-rich foods, she added.
Cisna even published his diet into a book called My Mcdonalds Diet, which can’t be helpful for anyone wanting to lose weight.
If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, only eat out in moderation, and eat healthy foods. That means try to eat as few big macs or bacon-filled nacho platters as possible.