Can McDonald's Help You Lose Weight?


mcdonald's restaurant signsYou're just not gonna lose weight eating fast food! I know you hope and pray for that, but it's just not gonna happen! EVER!

Doesn't stop some people from trying, though. Dr. Stephen Sinatra tries to tell people that if they eat good stuff 80 percent of the time, they can eat whatever else they want, including fast food, the rest of the time. Um, maybe for some; not for most.

Now Weight Watchers and McDonald's are teaming up in New Zealand with a new fast food diet experiment.

Meals approved by Weight Watchers and bearing the trademark logo are going on sale at fast-food places under down under (did I say that right?)

They include Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets and Sweet Chilli Seared Chicken Wrap, according to the UK Press Association, via Google News.

Each meal is worth 6.5 points on the WW program, which assigns points to food items and allows dieters to consume 18 to 40 points each day to achieve their goal weight.

Nutritionists hate the idea. It's all marketing, they say, and argue that eating at McDonald's is simply not a good way to promote lifelong healthy eating habits.

Would you like to see Weight Watchers approved meals on the menu at your favorite fast food place? Would you really lose weight with all that temptation?


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auror... aurorabunny

BARF.  I'm with the nutritionists.  How can McDonalds be healthy for you when it's not even FOOD?

pagirl71 pagirl71

it's all about choices. Yes you can go to McDonalds and eat fairly healthy-side salad with low fat dressing, apple dippers and a water. But seriously who chooses MickeyDs for healthy food..very few of us. Eating a big mac, large fry, large soda and an apple pie won't. I can't see a weight watchers program at any fast food place as a long term change. Fast food does not equate healthy to many of us even with the healthier options.

sodapple sodapple

sounds like the Taco Bell diet, in my opinion it would not make me eat more fast food just because Weight Watchers is supporting it.

auror... aurorabunny

Nothing at McDonalds is healthy.  NOTHING.  Even their apples have crud in them, look it up if you don't believe me.

trace... tracebear14

Why would you eat that disgusting garbage day in and day out?  You ain't gonna lose no weight, dumb asses.

RanaA... RanaAurora

When the apples don't taste like apples because they're pumped so full of citric acid and water and don't go BROWN for a WEEK, they are NOT healthy, folks.

sherriet sherriet

Really?  My respect for Weight Watchers just dropped a little.

kelli... kelli0585

I'm not a fan of Weight Watchers OR McDonalds.

But:  you have to read this one in between the lines.  They're not saying that this food is good for you.  They're simply putting a point system on McDonalds foods.  With WW, you can put a point system on EVERYTHING.  They just made it a little bit easier to calculate at McD's.  They're giving 6.5 points for select meals (like the wraps and salads). . .You're supposed to eat only around an average of 20 points a day.  Those are a lot of points to take up out of 20.  Of course, a Big Mac would have higher points. 

Come on, folks. . .we KNOW that McDonalds is bad for you.  But what's wrong with a few people, who happen to enjoy the establishment, treating themselves every now and then?  If they're on this program, they can do so, and do so with a little less guilt and a little more responsibilty.  None of us are perfect. . . ESPECIALLY if you need to lose weight to begin with. 

Like a previous poster said:  it's all about choice.  WW is merely suggesting certain "lesser evils" from a McDonalds menu. 

SOMETIMES the world isn't out to get us. 

auror... aurorabunny

How is pumping chemical laden, antibiotic and germ infested garbage down your throat "treating yourself"?

GoodM... GoodMomma24-7

No, I would not like to see Weight Watchers teaming up with McDonalds!  I've grown to trust thier menu items at Applebees, but McDonalds is all about cardiovascular disease and obesity!!  If weight watchers put their logo on that fish filet, which is submerged in vegetable oil and deep-fried to a crisp, or the chicken mcnuggets which are prepared the same way, I will NO LONGER TRUST WEIGHT WATCHERS.  Not to mention, half the crap on McDonald's menu isn't even made with real food.  I swear, if you leave a chicken mcnugget sitting out for 6 months, not refrigerated, just sitting out; it won't even spoil.  Weight watchers need to wise up, and don't put thier logo on something so unhealthy!!

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