- The Washington Times
Monday, January 6, 2014

An Iowa science teacher lost 37 pounds while eating only McDonald’s for three months to show that it’s people’s choices, not fast food, to blame for obesity.

As a bit of a counter-experiment to Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” John Cisna ate only McDonald’s for three months. His students at Colo-Nesco High School helped him map out a diet plan of about 2,000 calories per day and he also walked for 45 minutes every day, TIME.com reported.

“For breakfast, Cisna typically ate two egg white delights, a bowl of maple oatmeal and 1 percent milk,” Time said. “For lunch, he’d usually opt for a salad. And for dinner he’d order a more traditional value meal, including items like Big Macs, ice creams and sundaes.”

The owner of Mr. Cisna’s local franchise even comped all the food used in the experiment.

By the 90th day, the teacher reported that he’d lost 37 pounds, and his cholesterol had dropped from 249 to 170.

“I can eat any food at McDonald’s (that) I want as long as I’m smart for the rest of the day with what I balance it out with,” Mr. Cisna told KCCI 8 News.

“So this isn’t something where you say ‘well he went to McDonald’s and he only had the salads. No, I had the Big Macs, the quarter pounders with cheese. I had sundaes, I had ice cream cones,” he said.

“The point behind this documentary is, ‘Hey, it’s (a) choice. We all have choices. It’s our choices that make us fat not McDonald’s,” he told the station.

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