MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. – John Cisna decided it was time to lose weight and used the opportunity to teach his biology class a lesson.
“This, basically, was a simple experiment to make sure that we could teach the kids how to use critical thinking skills in determining the right types of foods to eat,” said John Cisna.
He challenged his class to design his diet plan.
However, the food they had to design the diet around isn’t your typical health food.
Rather than dieting with fruits and vegetables, he lost weight from eating fast food from McDonald’s.
“You see this project isn’t about McDonald’s, this project isn’t about John Cisna, this project is one that helped kids develop critical thinking skills in making choices about what they eat,” he said.
The students had to design a diet plan where Cisna only ate 2,000 calories a day.
In the first three months, he walked 45 minutes a day.
As he lost weight, he changed his workout plan.
After 90 days, his students had to combine McDonald’s fatty foods, like Big Macs and Quarter Pounders.
Cisna is now 62 pounds lighter, his cholesterol has lowered 79 points and his blood pressure is 121 over 78.
He still eats McDonald’s at least once a day but he doesn’t market McDonald’s as a diet plan.
“I wouldn’t advise anybody eat McDonald’s every day,” he said.
He says it’s up to you to decide what you are putting into your body.
“The point of this experiment is showing that it’s not the fast food industry that’s getting us in the shape we are today,” Cisna said.
“It’s not where you eat but what you eat, and how much you ultimately choose to eat,” said Kristina Schoh, spokeswoman for Courtesy Corporation- McDonald’s.
Cisna ate 540 McDonald’s meals during the experiment.
He says a production company in California is working on a documentary on his journey.
His team hopes that it will be ready in September.