Woman losing weight on McDonalds-only diet

July 11, 2005 at 1:15 PM
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RALEIGH, N.C., July 11 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman said she has lost 33 pounds since April by eating nothing but take-out food from McDonalds in calculated portions.

Merab Morgan, 35, began the experiment based on her love of the food, and failures on other diets. She began weighing 228 pounds on April 22, or a dress size 24, and the 5-foot-9 woman said she is down to 195 pounds, or a size 15. Her goal is lose a total of 60 pounds.

She told the Raleigh News & Observer she memorized the calories in almost every menu item, and limits herself to 1,400 calories a day. At a cost of $9 to $11 for three meals, the single mother of two said she can afford it.

Barry Popkin, director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a professor of nutrition and public health, said eating only at McDonald's isn't healthy, as it lacks certain vitamins, minerals, fiber and dairy.

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