Drive-thru diet: Nashville grandpa plans to eat McDonald’s for 100 days in weight-loss attempt
A 57-year-old man from Nashville, Tennessee, has been eating nothing but McDonald’s for 100 days in an unconventional attempt to shed a few pounds.
Kevin Maginnis is documenting his journey on his TikTok account at @bigmaccoaching.
His plan is to order three meals a day from McDonald’s, eat only half of each – and save the other half for his next meal.
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“I woke up this morning and weighed 238 pounds,” Maginnis said in his first video on Feb. 21. “I decided that was absolutely unacceptable.”
He added that although many people would think he is crazy, he has decided to eat only McDonald’s fast food for the next 100 days – practicing portion control.
In another TikTok video, Maginnis shared more about her motivation.
“I’m 57 years old. I have children and grandchildren,” he said.
“I know some overweight people at 60, but I don’t know anyone who is overweight at 80. I want to be here as long as possible, and I think this Getting some of the extra weight off will help me. That’s what to do.”
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In his ten-day journey, Maginnis has already lost 12-½ pounds, from 238 to 225.5, he said.
In his videos, Maginnis shares what he orders each day, complete with rhyming words (“Can eating a McGriddle make you smaller in the middle?”).
Ten days into his trip, Maginnis has already lost 12-½ pounds.
His meals include a Sausage Egg and Cheese McMuffin with Hash Brown, a McGriddle with Canadian Bacon, a Bacon Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Chicken McNuggets with Fries, and a McChicken inside a McDouble (all cut in half). are .
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He even indulges in apple pie and hot fudge sundae, but opts for water instead of soda.
Her McDonald’s experiment has garnered nationwide attention — and a growing number of TikTok followers, 20,600 and counting.
Fox News Digital contacted Maginnis for comment.
As followers watch her journey, people are offering helpful tips, from creative menu suggestions to the best ways to reheat leftovers. (Maginnis got a tip: Use an air fryer instead of a microwave to avoid soggy French fries.)
Maginnis also shares videos of his daily weight, which has shown a steady downward trend since starting his new diet plan.
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Ultimately, Maginnis said his goal is to prove that people can lose weight by eating only McDonald’s if they control their portions.
“It’s not so much what we’re eating, but the amount we’re eating that really makes us happy,” he added.
Dietitians say that drive-thru diets will not produce lasting results
Lindsey Allen, MS, RDN, a Florida-based dietitian who specializes in metabolic health and weight loss, sees some key problems with the fast food meal plan.
“After all, a person’s metabolism can drop by 30% when they restrict calories for too long,” he told Fox News Digital via mail.
“Then, when the person starts eating normal portions again, they immediately regain the weight. This is why fad diets and calorie-reduction diets fail.”
The other problem, Allen said, is that McGinnis is missing out on key nutrients the body needs for optimal health, which can lead to increased food cravings.
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“When the brain realizes that the body is not getting the key nutrients and minerals it needs, it will increase hunger hormones in an attempt to get more essential nutrients,” he said.
“If you feed your body nothing but cheap, processed food, it will sense it and encourage you to eat more.”
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Ultimately, Allen said, Maginnis is practicing calorie restriction simply to prove that weight loss is possible no matter what you eat. “Technically, he is right, but it only works in the short term and will end in failure down the road.”