McDonald's Diet Defies Conventional Wisdom of Fast Food

Iowa science teacher has students help plan a way to lose weight eating at fast food restaurant.
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roundtable looks ahead to the biggest political stories in 2004. A fast-food experi involves a science teacher in IOWA WHO TURNS to McDonald's to lose weight. He got his students to plan the menu. Three months later how did it turn out. Abc's sara haines is here with the story. Reporter: Everything in moderation more apropos, a fast-food diet. He may be on to something. I lost 28 pounds. I feel great. Reporter: This iowa high schoolteacher decided to challenge the premise of Where this man gained over 28 pounds by just eating McDONALD'S. That movie ended with spurlock having a battery of health problems. But this iowa teacher is on a mission to show that eating McDONALD'S CAN ACTUALLY BE GOOD For you. I started taking a look at the menu items available at McDONALD'S. I said, wait a minute, common sense, there's a way to eat healthier. Reporter: After 90 days of the McDiet, along with 45 minutes of walking, the high school biology lost 37 pounds, but more importantly, he lowered his cholesterol by 32%. His daily diet picked heavily from the healthier options. When someone is going to McDONALD'S, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT The menu and ask questions and look for low-calorie options. In the case of john, he planned it out in advance. Reporter: How did the students fare on the ro project? A-plus. They understand the choices. To watch what he's and the calories it goes to show that IT'S not McDonald's making us fat it's just how we consume and what we consume. It was such a cool experiment, being mindful BECAUSE IT WASN'T -- McDONALD'S. If you make strong choices while doing it. He incorporated exercise as well. It's all about balance, eating healthy. It can be done. He's going to keep it through march. He's on a roll now. Time now for the weather and back over to brad. It's cool down in atlanta, too.

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