Browsing Yahoo! News a few weeks ago, I came across the following article:
Brief synopsis: CEO of McDonald’s states that he was able to lose 20 lbs through increasing physical activity. The shocker here is that Mr. Don Thompson claims he’s not changed his habit of supporting his golden arches by eating there… EVER. SINGLE. DAY.
Upon reading this, I found myself enraged, wanting to rant to the world my thoughts on why this was a huge problem. Then I remembered…. that’s why I created THIS BLOG! So, here’s my take:
ONE: HE’S NOT LYIN’
I don’t doubt Thompson’s claim. If you are a sedentary person, if you begin exercising, your body will require more calories. If you make NO changes to your diet, but are increasing your energy expenditure, you creat an energy deficit. In other words, you are taking in fewer calories than you are getting rid of, which happens to be the exact recipe for weight loss.
TWO: LOW-CAL DOES NOT EQUAL HEALTHY
While McDonald’s does provide meals that clock in at astronomical percentages of one’s daily needs (1 large French Fry order alone will provide you with 500 calories, 44% of which comes from fat–mostly NOT the good kind), there are some lower-cal options. However, my primary concern in putting this “food” (if that’s what you want to call it) into my body, and the bodies of those I love, goes beyond the sheer number of calories it provides. If you’re a regular reader here at The Nourished Soul, you know I am seriously partial to REAL FOOD. I believe that a healthy diet may certainly include indulgences, but that these treats are best consumed in the form of real ingredients–not chemicals, additives, and perservatives. McDonald’s–and other fast food joints–take processed food to the extreme. Not only are the offerings of this international chain NOT something I would consider near the realm of real food, as it is all highly processed, but additionally, the additives and non-food ingredients (i.e. chemicals — some of which even *I* cannot pronounce) are substances that our bodies do not recognize, and cannot break down, digest, and use as fuel, or for any other purpose, other than poisoning our insides. I mean, does “dimethylpolysiloxane” sound like something your body can translate?
“Could I get a medium fry, hold the sodium acid pyrophosphate, please?”
These are my personal and professional opinions on the idea of losing weight through maintaining calorie deficit alone–meaning to completely ignore what type of calories we are putting into our bodies. Yes, we all CAN lose weight by simply counting calories. But I believe in head to toe wellness, and if you’re reading this, my hunch is you do too. And I strongly feel that to be our best and feel our best, we must treat ourselves LIKE THE BEST.
What do you think? Is Thompson’s method healthy, because it does lead to weight loss?
What are some healthy tips that have worked for you in the past?