I've arrived, and I'm alive after consuming every meal at McDonald's for the last week, a challenge I set for myself last week.
Every dollar spent on food, and every calorie consumed was at Macca's but for a few drinks with the guys.
The result? On Day Seven, I'm down 2.2 kilos – yes, I lost weight.
On the menu
My weekly consumption consisted of:
Tomato relish breakfast roll, six apple wedges snack pack, Double Cheeseburger with small fries.
My yogi Bumble date says "uh no" when I tell her we're stopping at Macca's for a soft serve cone.
Sausage McMuffin with egg and hash brown, fried chicken wrap with aioli, six apple wedges.
Spicy chorizo egg sandwich, buffalo fried chicken sandwich with bacon.
Mighty McMuffin, 10 McNuggets with Big Mac sauce.
BLT with egg and hashbrown, Bacon Angus Burger, six apple wedges.
Egg McMuffin with double sausage, chicken Big Mac.
Sausage McMuffin with egg and hash brown, six apple wedges, Triple Cheeseburger with fries and a celebratory Coke.
And after walking under those golden arches for a week, I stand by last week's comments about the sugar tax. Obesity in this country isn't rising to 80 per cent because of McDonald's, Coke, or children's advertising. It's rising because of choices that individuals make every day regarding their health.
I had a week of choices, and here's how they played out:
a) I chose to exercise.
I was eating crap food, so I made sure I moved my body with intensity. I either did circuits in the gym with rowing/skipping, push ups, ab exercises, shoulder presses and bicep curls. Or I went for a Sydney Harbour jog, ran some stairs, and smashed out some push ups. On Sunday I did the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral hike – it's a stunner.
b) I chose not to drink Coke… but once.
A large Coke has 13 teaspoons of sugar in it, and I never put that into my body. I opted for water all week, and a sugar tax will never effect me.
c) I chose less fries and no dessert.
Every single item at McDonald's has the kilojoule count next to it, and I decided to keep mine down. Losing weight is and will always be about calories in, calories out. Sure, macros matter, but if you're a vaulting from Atkins to Paleo to Keto, politely stating – you're a sheep.
Eat as close as you can to the local farmer and food markets, watch the portion control and booze, move your body. That's how weight is lost, be it 1960 or 2018.
d) I chose 16:8 fasting for the week.
I lost weight because I watched the portion control, and I rarely ate past 3pm. Intermittent fasting works – even when eating food full of sugar, fat, and salt.
e) I will choose to avoid fast food because of quality and price.
Eight kiwi fruits are on sale at my local for $3, about the same price as a hot caramel sundae. Which snack is best for my budget and belt size?
f) I will choose salmon and veggies for my first meal, post McDiet.
I look fine, but I feel off centre. My skin, my eyes, my rest – I had no major dramas. Toilet time? As predicted, it was a messy week. I feel like "them".
I took it to an extreme, but "them" is essentially the group that's been eating like this for years. "Them" is the 80 per cent of overweight Australians by 2025. Them need to change.
Have you ever met somebody that's lost (and kept off) a significant amount of weight? They'll never mention government intervention. Conversely, they'll tell you about their personal victory that took sacrifice, patience, and accountability for their health.
The real issue is an individual's choice for a short-term sugar-fat-salt hit. It's truly made me sick this week. My body aches for healthy protein, veggies, and fruit. An obese culture has the same aches, yet poor lifestyle choices and patterns snowball.
So, choose your pain now – with fresh food, portion control, and gym time. Or later, with doctors, hospitals, and surgery.
Food is health. Food is energy. Food is life. Or?
Food is poison.
Fat or fit is determined by the food that you put into your body – and that's always your choice.
Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his "Cut The BS" diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.