TV host Morgan Spurlock has done a few outlandish things on his show. One of the most outrageous was to live on fast food from McDonald’s for thirty days. First, he went in and had a through physical examination.
They tested his blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. They also weighed him. Over all he turned out pretty healthy. All of the test results were normal. He weighed close to what he should have for his body type.
Then he started the experiment. He would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at McDonald’s for the next thirty days. The only bias he admits to in the experiment was he would upsize every meal to get the maximum negative health effect. After all, the McDonald’s employees always try to make you get the larger meal and a lot of the time it works.
After 30 days he had gained 30 pounds, his blood pressure and cholesterol levels shot up and he felt tired, angry, and bloated. He looked pale and unhealthy.
So fast food and sugary sodas have become in villain in America’s struggle to lose weight. It’s because the average American eats at a fast food restaurant 3 times a week and we are therefore the fattest people on the planet.
But one professor at Kansas State University disagrees. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch: ” Mark Haub, a nutrition professor at Kansas State University, posed a simple question to his students: “Is it really soda and chips that are making people obese, or how much of them they eat?” Haub then set about answering that question, by eating an 1,800-calorie-a-day diet comprised mostly of junk food.” But here’s the key: He ate about 1800 calories a day of the stuff and that’s below what most nutritionists recommend for adults.
Instead of gaining weight as expected, he actually lost 27 pounds. So Haub proved what most nutritionists have said for some time now. If you want to lose weight , you must reduce the amount of calories you ingest every day. It doesn’t matter whether those calories come from chicken and fish or butter and milk.
A lot of obese people say that they don’t eat that much, but when you monitor them closely, their caloric intake per day is enormous. They aren’t lying, they just don’t realize how much they are overeating.
But the good professor doesn’t recommend you go out and adopt a diet of junk food. A diet like that would be very deficient in nutrition. A good, healthy diet that includes few empty calories and a lot of greens is the way to go.