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Jason Holliston
Friday, August 12, 2005  
The New Fad: The McDonalds Diet

I've posted about a similar thing before, but unfortunately, I don't have the time to track the post down (and Google isn't helping). The AP has a story about a couple people showing how much nonsense the Super Size Me movie was by eating only McDonalds, every day, and losing weight by the truckload. Great story.

Almost everyone I've talked to about this realized immediately where Morgan Spurlock, filmaker of Super Size Me, went wrong. He ate almost 5000 calories a day, way, way over what a normal person needs to maintain weight (Olympic athletes not included). That massive over intake of energy needs to go somewhere, so his body created tons of fat. All the other nasty side effects were almost certainly due to his body freaking out about going from 2000-2500 calories a day to double that in no time flat. The implication, of course, was that McDonalds food was to blame, and that the composition therein was the culprit. Not true, and now demonstrably so. It also implied that McDonalds was to blame for trying to upsell add ons and upgrades to larger, more expensive meals. Again, these experiences show that people have within them the ability to say "No, thank you."

I salute Merab Morgan and Soso Whaley for showing up the farce the movie truly was. Bravo.

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