We’ve heard some DOOZIES lately about McDonald’s, spanning from their fight to pay employees below poverty wages, to kicking out groups of mentally challenged children eating Happy Meals, but their recent warning to employees not to eat fast food because it is unhealthy flies in the face of new claim this week by a science teacher in the Colo-Nesco School District in Colo, Iowa who claims he lost 37 pounds and lowered his cholesterol over three months on the “All McDonald’s Diet.”
Insert the world’s largest asterisk right now though, because as you can imagine, pigging out on Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, ice cream cones and sundaes may sound like an amazingly impossible way to lose weight, and it is, because to achieve his remarkable weight loss science teacher John Cisna not only had to limit himself to 2000 calories a day, his students created him a strict diet plan that limited his protein, carbohydrates, and cholesterol intake as well as several other important dietary restrictions.
Add into the whole miracle diet the fact that Cisna also started walking 45 minutes a day as part of his weight loss plan, and you uncover a science teacher who should be thrown out on his slightly svelter fat ass for making McDonald’s, or any fast food restaurant appear to be a healthy alternative to eating real, non-processed, human foods.
And how did Cisna afford all the extra costs associated with eating out all for every meal over a three-month period? Although he claims that his experiment was in no way endorsed or supported by McDonald’s, a local McDonald’s restaurant more than happily let him eat there for free the entire time.
By over simplifying the entire diet by more or less saying to kids “I ate nothing but McDonald’s and lost a crap-tonne of weight and say can you,” many people feel that John Cisna is sending a dangerous and unhealthy message to children and young adults everywhere about nutrition and health. The story has so many holes in it, that even a discussion panel on CNN with host Anderson Coooper couldn’t quite buy into it either:
And what about Cisna’s undeniably rock hard piece of evidence that the did indeed lose 37 pounds?
Well, there’s a simple and easy answer for that as well too: