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A question about calorie quantity v quality. Please only legit answers

by 15 · April 05, 2014 at 06:23 PM

John Cisna from Iowa, US, lost nearly 40lbs during an experiment that saw him eat every meal at his local McDonald's restaurant

A daring science teacher who survived on eating only McDonald's meals for 90 days has shed nearly 40lbs.John Cisna of Ankney, Iowa, ate three meals a day at his local store but made sure he conformed to strict nutritional requirements.Cisna and his students used online nutritional information to construct a daily diet plan that exceeded no more than 2000 calories a day and included 45 minutes of exercise.The unique experiment - reminiscent of the infamous 2004 documentary 'Super Size Me' - resulted in Cisna losing 37 pounds and saw his cholesterol drop considerably - from 249 to 170.However, the science teacher did not just limit himself to salads and water.Speaking to KCCI News, Cisna said: "I can eat any food at McDonald's that I want, as long as I'm smart with the rest of the day and what I balance it out with.""I had the Big Macs, the quarter pounders with cheese. I had sundaes, I had ice cream cones."As well as significantly improving his health, the experiment did not cost Cisna a dime.The owner of the local McDonald's restaurant was so intrigued about the results of his experiment that he gave the science teacher roughly 270 meals free of charge.A daring science teacher who survived on eating only McDonald's meals for 90 days has shed nearly 40lbs.

John Cisna of Ankney, Iowa, ate three meals a day at his local store but made sure he conformed to strict nutritional requirements.

Cisna and his students used online nutritional information to construct a daily diet plan that exceeded no more than 2000 calories a day and included 45 minutes of exercise.

The unique experiment - reminiscent of the infamous 2004 documentary 'Super Size Me' - resulted in Cisna losing 37 pounds and saw his cholesterol drop considerably - from 249 to 170.

However, the science teacher did not just limit himself to salads and water.

Speaking to KCCI News, Cisna said: "I can eat any food at McDonald's that I want, as long as I'm smart with the rest of the day and what I balance it out with."

"I had the Big Macs, the quarter pounders with cheese. I had sundaes, I had ice cream cones."

As well as significantly improving his health, the experiment did not cost Cisna a dime.

The owner of the local McDonald's restaurant was so intrigued about the results of his experiment that he gave the science teacher roughly 270 meals free of charge.

Why can this man lose almost 40 pounds despite eating such bad food?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-FBV3-pwDk

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/06/john-cisna-mcdonalds-diet_n_4545940.html

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16813 · April 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Thanks for advertising McDonald's here. Obviously this is McD's way of getting their own Jared and doing image control disguised as news, and you fell for it. This isn't news, it's a spamvertorial, no different than the guy who lost weight on an all twinkies diet, or the guy who lost weight on an all potato diet.

Who gives a shit! You can lose weight on almost any diet. The point isn't weight loss, it's health, and weight loss is always questionable as what you'd really want is to lose the fat, not the lean body mass.

Losing weight isn't losing fat, and losing weight isn't necessarily a marker of health. You could lose a ton of weight by getting cancer, doesn't mean your health has improved.

Funny how you say "Please only legit answers" and then fight tooth in nail to say you've proven nonsense. You're obviously here just to troll. Funny how you included click-to-share-links in your message as if to drive traffic to that advertorial. Yes, I mean the bulletted list that starts with "1532 Shares"

"I can eat any food at McDonald's that I want, as long as I'm smart with the rest of the day and what I balance it out with." says it all. This fucker ate only one meal a day at McD's and he restricted the rest of the meals the rest of the day. Big whoop. Doesn't prove anything.

I hope McD's is paying you well, either that or you really are dumb.

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0 · April 04, 2014 at 01:34 AM

Who cares about effing macros, micros, calories, weight, cholesterol, blah.de.blah.de.blah.

McDonalds is CRAP because they pump their food with CAFO beef and meat fed gmo soy and grain and industrialized fillers and preservatives that probably cause cancer and wreck your body even if you can't see it happening in the mirror.

Even if I GAIN weight eating local meat from my farmer, local vegetables and dairy from my farmer, and you lose weight eating your sick animal, farmer exploited, environmentally unsustainable piece of shit chick' patty I still ultimately am gonna have more positive things going for me inside and outside of me than you are.

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15 · April 03, 2014 at 09:59 PM

ok here is IIFYM.

Hit your macros - protein - fat - carbs

Hit your micros - vitamins - minerals - finer - etc

Hit your calories - calculate your maintenance - eat below or above depending on goals

So you can be paleo on IIFYM, vegetarian, you can eat anything that fits into your macros.

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982 · April 03, 2014 at 09:58 PM

Looking at the mcdonalds menu, this doesn't sound bad:

Baby Green Romaine, Baby Red Romaine, Baby Red Leaf, Baby Green Leaf, Baby Red Swiss Chard, Baby Red Oak, Baby Green Oak, Lolla Rosa, Tango, Tatsoi, Arugula, Mizuna, Frisee, Radicchio, Carrots, Apples

Do they have his food log posted?

It doesn't seem too difficult to me to setup a weight loss plan if you just introduced a caloric deficit, ate a bunch of those plants, then threw some meat and a little starch on top and exercised for 45 minutes carrying his 280lbs of bodyweight. Check out what goes into their meats / starches and compare with grass-fed meats / organic starches and you'll see why we're on this diet instead.

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10068 · April 03, 2014 at 09:39 PM

It's simply a curiosity, like the Twinkie dieter and Jared at Subway. The media likes man-bites-dog stories like this because they make fat sedentary people feel good. If they feel good they'll eat more fast food.

Being healthy is about establishing healthy patterns of eating and activity. It's interesting to know that you can crash diet on McDonalds and don't have to eat cabbage soup for weeks. But in the end it's unsustainable.

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26073 · April 03, 2014 at 09:06 PM

Also, please remember that most people are not here trying to loose weight or look like a bodybuilder. More power to you -- but that's not a look I want.

We are here seeking optimal health. Weight is one component of that.

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26073 · April 03, 2014 at 09:04 PM

there are anecdotes all over the place. follow clinical trials. In every peer-reviewed clinical trial where a paleo protocol has been implemented, the group following the paleo protocol has lost more weight than any of the other diets except one where participants were required to maintain an isocaloric load across dietary protocols. In the other 6, the paleo group voluntarily consumed fewer calories than the other groups.

What does this mean? It means that calories-in/calories-out do matter. But, following a paleo protocol will result in an individual eating more nutrient dense, satiating foods and naturally eat fewer calories. Thus one can eat healthy without counting calories and eat lower calorie while remaining full. Eating a diet high in ice cream and grains will not provide you with the sufficient amount of micro-nutrients. Thus you need to eat more which could cause one to gain weight -- unless they are sufficiently active to allow them to over eat and maintain a balanced caloric load.

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15 · April 03, 2014 at 09:01 PM

@TheGastronomer

You are the one saying it is unhealthy, you need to provide evidence to back up your claims. My claim is this man and the other guy in the other thread lost weight and the older man lowered cholesterol by either eating whatever he wanted along as he hit his macros and in the older mans case, only eating at macdonalds for 90 days.

They both lost weight. They improved their body composition, that is evidence that calorie restriction and IIFYM works, now please prove otherwise or admit eating grains for these two men and ice-cream and fries cooked in veggie oil was healthy and their transformation shows that.

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15 · April 03, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Hahaha The Gastronomer keeps editing his posts to change his replies and questions to avoid the awkward moment where he can't provide evidence that eating take away and grain is unhealthy.

You just tapped out.

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15 · April 03, 2014 at 08:10 PM

I keep hearing just following your macros and eating whatever source of food you want only works because if your young and active you can get fit on anything. This dude is old and walking is his exercise. He lost 40 pounds, eating only mcdonalds. So is it purely scientific calories in v out and micronutrient targets per day that loses fat, lowers cholesterol and improves bio markers?

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179 · April 03, 2014 at 07:59 PM

Once again this is not a controlled study. This is one guy who went on a diet where he restricted the amount of junk food he ate to only 2000 calories. If he was eating 3000 calories of pure garbage before he embarked on this "diet" and then reduced that by 1000 calories, of course he was going to lose weight and improve his health, because 1000 calories less of garbage is going to improve your health. This is not because of the magical healing properties of McDonalds. For all we know, that's probably the same crap he ate before, only that during his "diet" he simply ate less of it. Look man, if you're hear to troll, that's cool but at least provide some decent scientific data.

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