This past Monday episode of The Rachael Ray Show featured a man who lost more than 15 pounds by consuming nothing but McDonald’s every day for one month. By eating only certain foods off the menu, Doug enacted the opposite of Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock who saw his health take a serious nosedive after doing a different Golden Arches Diet in his 2004 documentary. Doug’s successful diet was attributed to his smart choices and his daily exercise plan.
Rather than feast on Big Macs and Quarter-Pounders with cheese, Doug was very selective about what he ate and what he avoided. He created his own McDonald’s diet after a life-long battle with his weight. Once he turned 40 and after realizing that he had tried almost every diet on the market, Doug knew he had to make a change in his nutrition habits as he topped the scales at more than 200 pounds.
Since McDonald’s is his favorite food, he heavily researched the menu, then proceeded to eat McDonald’s for 30 days along with a stringent exercise plan (one hour of cardio a day and weekly personal training sessions). Doug exchanged hotcakes and hashbrowns for Egg McMuffins and breakfast burritos, and swapped double cheeseburgers and fries for grilled chicken sandwiches, salads and yogurt parfaits. He admitted to occasionally splurging on a small Chicken McNugget or one of McDonald’s new chocolate chip cookies.
While Doug obviously kept his calories and fat grams in check, his sodium levels were probably pretty high considering that most fast-food options pack a hefty dose of salt.
But content with his weight loss and even happier with his newly devised McDonald’s Diet, Doug did caution that just because this diet worked for him, doesn’t mean that it will work for everyone. He, after all, tested diet after diet until the one that he created finally worked for him.