McD's CEO eats McD's everyday and loses

They might start calling it the McDiet.

McDonald Corp.'s CEO Don Thompson revealed at an analyst conference this week that he shed about 20 pounds in the past year by getting his "butt up" and "working out again." But he said he hasn't changed his habit of eating at McDonald's "every, single day."

Thompson, who has been on the job for less than a year, was responding to a question about how the world's biggest hamburger chain is adapting amid growing concerns about obesity.

Thompson said that he lost the weight by getting active again. He noted that Europeans walk a lot and that it's rare to see Europeans that are "very, very heavy."

"And so I think that balance is really important to people," he said.

Thompson did not provide any other details about his weight or diet. A representative for McDonald's did not immediately respond to a request for more details.

The remarks come as fast-food chains and packaged food companies face criticism about making products that fuel obesity rates. Coca-Cola Co., for example, recently started a campaign seeking to highlight its healthier, low-calorie drinks as well as the importance of physical activity in a balanced lifestyle.

For its part, McDonald's in recent years has boosted its marketing to highlight healthier menu options, including salads, chicken wraps and egg white breakfast sandwiches.

At the Sanford Bernstein conference on Wednesday, Thompson noted that customers have many options at McDonald's, which has more than 34,000 locations worldwide. For example, he said someone might get a Big Mac one day and a grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette another day.

Earlier in the talk, however, Thompson also said that salads make up just 2 percent to 3 percent of sales. He said there were other ways the company, which is based in Oak Brook, Ill., could incorporate fruits and vegetables into its menu, pointing to the chicken wraps it recently introduced.

But going forward, he said: "I don't see salads being a major growth driver."

To each their own, but this is kinda like working a part time job just to fund cigarettes.


  • oddyogi
    oddyogi Posts: 1,816 Member
    Yeah, I don't ever see myself thinking about fast food for a PWO meal (unless it's waaaay later and a cheat meal or something) or reaching for a Coke Zero when I'm thirsty during a workout. Nope.
  • Lochlyn_D
    Lochlyn_D Posts: 492 Member
    five years later... McD's CEO dies of a fatal heartattack.
  • thebowhunter
    thebowhunter Posts: 173
    I never cared for McDonalds food.
  • meeper123
    meeper123 Posts: 3,347 Member
    I hate fast food its just leave this slimy feeling in my throat that I cough and cough but cant get rid of its not just Mcdonalds its a lot of very greasy fast food places
  • SerenaFisher
    SerenaFisher Posts: 2,170 Member
    Losing weight is possible anywhere, this to me is no surprise. To lose weight it's simple calories in must be less than calories spent through the day.

    Also I find that McDonald's, though not healthy, does have some "good" choices. In example, I could live on their new wraps. Aside from the sodium content they are NOT bad at all. As for greasy? Honestly, the bacon/burgers/other meats I cook at home are a lot more greasy than McDonald's food. To each their own of course.

    Either way, you can lose weight anywhere. You could go to the Ma and Pa diner in your community and as long as you moniter what is going "in" and make sure it's less than what goes "out" you'll lose weight.
  • carchie94
    carchie94 Posts: 45
    You can lose weight eating at Taco Bell. Or Wendy's. Or any fast food restaurant. It's not surprising. And it's not their responsibility to keep you healthy. Their main priority is to make money.

    I, for one, will probably be picking up some fries this evening. And boy are they tasty.

    I was on the "Taco Bell diet" a while ago. Not out of choice, but convenience. Didn't gain anything, either. Got regular physicals from school. Was perfectly healthy. It's a no-brainer not to eat salty fried food and soda every single day. Unfortunately, most people simply don't care and just want to blame everyone else for their problems. Those restaurants do offer healthy alternatives. You can get food that isn't slathered in salty sauces and gross dressing and cheese. You just have to ask. And actually do the work on the nutritional chart to make sure you're getting your macros and not going over.
  • SoDamnHungry
    SoDamnHungry Posts: 6,998 Member
    I love McDonald's...but ugh, I couldn't eat it every day.
  • moondawg14
    moondawg14 Posts: 249 Member
    This just in: Man pays attention to food and exercise, manages weight. Dog Bites Man, film at 11.
  • Broejen
    Broejen Posts: 413 Member
    I eat at McDonald's at least once a week. IIFYM!
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