Colo, Iowa (CBS ST. LOUIS) — An Iowa high school science teacher lost 37 pounds and lowered his cholesterol after consuming a McDonald’s-only diet for 90 straight days.
Colo-Nesco High School teacher John Cisna dined at McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 90 days, but maintained a strict 2,000-calorie diet and began a daily walking regimen that allowed his health to actually improve while consuming the fast-food giant’s food. He and his students created an amateur documentary about the health experiment.
“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,” Cisna told KCCI-TV.
In addition to the added 45-minute walks and calorie restrictions, Cisna kept strict dietary control on how many carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins he needed each day. He reiterated that although there were restrictions, he was not simply consuming McDonald’s salads each day.
“This isn’t something where you say, ‘Well he went to McDonalds 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 told KCCI.
He said a typical breakfast included two egg white delights, a bowl of maple oatmeal and 1 percent milk. A salad would be eaten for lunch, but a more traditional sandwich value meal would be eaten for dinner.
Cisna and his class’ amateur documentary was inspired by the 2004’s “Supersize Me,” which featured Morgan Spurlock’s health dramatically deteriorating as he ate McDonald’s for one month. The results of Cisna’s study proved to be far different, and the local McDonald’s franchise owner even allowed Cisna to eat at his restaurant free-of-charge.
Cisna was not that surprised by the results, which show him at a now dramatically reduced size, because of his lack of exercise and nutritional in-take beforehand.
“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 said.