August 16, 2005
Everyone's heard about the lady losing weight by eating Mickey D's 3 times a day, right? This in response to the documentary Supersize Me starring Morgan Spurlock who eats McDonalds for 30 days straight. He ends up gaining 25 or so pounds, his cholesterol goes up, he gets a fatty liver and just feels awful. This lady, Merab Morgan, says she has lost 37 pounds by eating only at McDonalds for 90 days. However she also mentioned that she's grown tired of the food and went off the diet for 10 days and gained 5 pounds! Every dietitian in the world is saying a) this in not a solution to your weight problem because it is not something you can follow long term b) if you gained 5 pounds in 10 days, there's something else going on whether it is water shifts or you really really overate on those ten days and c) a McDonalds diet is going to be high in saturated and trans fat - the two worst fats found in food. Even if you do eat the salads, apple dippers and yogurt parfaits - you can't live off that for the rest of your life and depending on what you put on the salads, they can also become unhealthy choices. McDonald-type foods are easy to recreate healthy versions at home. If you like Egg McMuffins - put an egg (or egg whites) and a slice of canadian bacon on an English muffin and you have breakfast. Making it at home you control what extra fat is added to the sandwich. Make a hamburger with lean ground beef or turkey, a whole wheat bun and add your toppings. Chop up some vegetables or buy the ones already chopped, grill a chicken breast on the barbeque and you have a chicken salad. Want french fries? Slice a russet potato into strips, add a little olive oil and some spices and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Eating McDonalds or any other fast food every now and then is no big deal. Eating it everyday, 3 times a day or even a few times a week is a different story. I think people have a misconception when it comes to cooking. It's too easy and convenient to go through the drive-through and pick up dinner. Make a little time for your health and cook up something good tonight!
Posted by Lisa at August 16, 2005 2:52 PM
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