JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/06/mcfit-mcdiet.html (16 comments)

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jsid-1214017900-593423  AlanDP at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:11:40 +0000

If there were any true justice in this universe, bitch-slapping Morgan Spurlock would be a national pastime.

jsid-1214018784-593424  Kevin Baker at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:26:24 +0000

No, crotch-kicking Ted Rall would be.

jsid-1214019657-593425  Unix-Jedi at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:40:57 +0000

Why must we choose?

The true American Way would be to do BOTH.

jsid-1214035690-593426  Will Brown at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:08:10 +0000

Unix-Jedi said: The true American Way would be to do BOTH.


It's both more of a challenge and we want to keep the line moving.

On the diet issue, I can personally recommend the Type 2 Diabetes Diet. Gruel for brekkies and grilled chicken twice a day up to a limit of 250 grams of carbohydrates/day will certainly take the pounds off your gradually-less-fat ass, I promise you.

The diabetes part of it sucks doorknobs I admit, but you take your motivation where it's forced upon you, I suppose. It certainly beats the alternative of stabbing myself in my gradually shrinking belly.

See how easy it is to make grilled, skinless chicken - yet again - seem wonderfully appetising?

jsid-1214038089-593428  Mike at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:48:09 +0000


Modify that Type 2 Diabetes diet to accommodate heart disease, and you've got a real diet. Low carbs, low fat, low cholesterol, and low salt.

I remember going through cardiac rehab and the nurses praising me for the pounds I was loosing each week (I was also bicycling 100+ miles per week, something the nurses most definitely didn't appreciate). I told them the pounds were melting off because I was slowly starving to death.

Seriously, keep your blood sugar, your cholesterol, and your stress levels under control, or no more bacon and eggs for you.

jsid-1214060298-593433  Will Brown at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:58:18 +0000


It's probably borderline unAmerican (or at least unTexican) to say so in public like this, but I've pretty much lost my taste for bacon and eggs.

I quit smoking about a year and a half ago (Chantix works, if anyone's interested) and literally nothing tastes "right" ever since.

Between the diet and not smoking, I may live forever if I don't shoot myself first. :)

jsid-1214063002-593434  Kevin Baker at Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:43:22 +0000

Try being pre-diabetic and having acute intermittent porphyria. A high-carbohydrate diet is the treatment for it.

Good news is, one study found that Porphyria sufferers who went into full-blown diabetes never had a porphyric attack again!


jsid-1214095489-593442  amcz at Sun, 22 Jun 2008 00:44:49 +0000

Just don't eat too many calories and you should lose weight...

jsid-1214135915-593455  Brett Bellmore at Sun, 22 Jun 2008 11:58:35 +0000

The key to losing weight, in my experience, (250 lbs down to 170) is portion control. Just about any fast food restaurant, with their perfectly identical portions, gives you that, and then it's just a matter of picking the right items on the menu, and resisting the temptation to supersize the meal.

I ate a lot of McD's grilled Asian salads while I was losing that weight.

jsid-1214139592-593457  Kevin Baker at Sun, 22 Jun 2008 12:59:52 +0000

What does grilled Asian taste like? ;)

(Oh, wait... I know; Chicken!)

jsid-1214173252-593486  Will Brown at Sun, 22 Jun 2008 22:20:52 +0000

(Oh, wait... I know; Chicken!)
Kevin Baker

With or without soy sauce? Or, for the more extreme taste sensation, kimchee!

How Asian do we want to go with this?

jsid-1214189004-593500  Oldsmoblogger at Mon, 23 Jun 2008 02:43:24 +0000

In Super-Size Me, Spurlock ate over 5,000 calories per day. That reminded me of something I saw on a cable show about SEAL Hell Week, so I went a-Googling. Couldn't find a reference to the SEALs, but I did find a book that mentioned what they feed Marine officer candidates during training...

...about 4,600 calories a day. Some of them gain "two or three pounds" in 13 weeks. 'Course, they're working a little harder than Morgan Spurlock.

jsid-1214229052-593516  Sarah at Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:50:52 +0000

That's what was so stupid about Spurlock's film -- if he ate 5000 calories worth of organic meats, vegetables, nuts, etc. he would have been better off because of the higher-quality food, but still would have gained a lot of weight. It's possible to lose weight on any sort of diet. The magic formula is calories in < calories out. I'm on Weight Watchers, and I can eat at McDonald's anytime I want. The catch is, a small hamburger + small fries comprises about 1/3 of my daily intake. So, like Brett says, it's mostly about portion control.

jsid-1214239905-593531  Mike at Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:51:45 +0000

Good news is, one study found that Porphyria sufferers who went into full-blown diabetes never had a porphyric attack again!

That sucks.

jsid-1214241007-593532  Kevin Baker at Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:10:07 +0000

Right. The damage diabetes does is bad enough.

jsid-1234126971-601828  perlhaqr at Sun, 08 Feb 2009 21:02:51 +0000

Sarah: I think part of the point was that it's a lot easier to eat 5000 calories of food a day at McD's, than if you're eating "real food", lean meats and vegetables, whole grain pasta and long grain rice, etc.

I can't remember the exact numbers, but a 16 ounce buffalo sirloin steak has some ridiculously small number of calories in it. On the order of 500 or so. I like meat, but I'd die if I tried to eat 10 pounds of steak a day.

Not that it wouldn't be a lovely way to go... :D

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