DailyDirt: You Are What You Eat

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The 2004 documentary Super Size Me set out with a goal of showing everyone how unhealthy it is to eat nothing but fast food every day for a month. The movie wasn't done in any particularly controlled way, but it still seemed to provide some convincing anecdotal evidence for the common sense knowledge that fast food is usually junk food. But the counterexample for fast food is Jared Fogle who lost an incredible amount of weight eating only at Subway (and has gone on to become Subway's most famous spokesperson). Does it really matter what you eat? Of course it does, but exercise and watching how much you eat is important, too. Here are just a few other weird diets that are trying to prove some point (with varying success). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anon, 20 Jan 2014 @ 10:26am

    SuperSize Me was misleading

    Basically Spurling was trying to (a) eat everything on the menu, (b) always say yes when asked if he wanted to supersize. He also made a point of eating far more than a normal diet. Finally, (c) he deliberately stopped doing any possible exercise (i.e. take the elvator rater than teh stairs, don't walk very far). The guy was a skinny-bitch vegitarian, and he went to eating 5,000 to 6,000 calories a day. He set himself up to fail.

    McDonalds has a moderate amount of good food. Burgers have onions, lettuce, tomato. They have (had?) salads. They have eggs.

    The problem is not so much his source of food as his quantity and choices. McDonalds can't stop you from having several double-big-macs and several milkshakes a day until you eat 3 times a normal diet- that's up to you. You can buy the same amount of fat and sugar in teh supermarket, or by going to an upscale restaurant. (you just probably can't afford the upscale restaurant quantity).

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