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McWhat? Man explains why he trained for marathon by eating nothing but McDonald’s food

May 5, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT


Remember the guy who trained for a marathon in Los Angeles this past March by eating nothing by McDonald’s food for 30 days straight? Joe D’Amico of Palatine, Ill., explains what the hell he was thinking in an interview with WSCR radio in Chicago on Wednesday.

“I ate everything that I normally would’ve eaten. I would eat at McDonald’s probably four or five times a week before I started this diet, so my body was quite used to it. But during the 30 days, I had just about everything there. I keep the portions reasonable. I had two dozen hamburgers, a lot of chicken. I did have salads and all that stuff. I ate cookies. You name it, I ate it.

I did a couple of Shamrock shakes during it. You’ve got to live, got to have fun.”

So what was the typical breakfast?:

“Breakfast I do hotcakes. I get an order of hotcakes, a parfait which has got some strawberries in it. … I do an Egg McMuffin and then some OJ and that would be breakfast.”

Did anyone else try this? And why McDonald’s?:

“I’ve got teammates that wouldn’t be caught in that place. They are the furthest thing from McDonald’s. But when I told them what I was doing, they were fully supportive. So this just started as a personal challenge. I wanted to do something different. … When we saw the reaction, people were really positive, they got it. We were just having fun with it and that’s when we started the fundraising for Ronald McDonald House.”

The assault on his innards must be tempered with the fact that he raised more than $40,000 for Ronald McDonald House.

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  1. avermaver - May 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    I remember when I thought McDonalds was food, you can’t run enough miles to immunize yourself to the after-effects of that crap

  2. monagatuna - May 8, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    This really doesn’t surprise me. When I was training for a marathon I ate upwards of 3000 calories a day (and I’m a small woman) and losing weight like nobody’s business. That much running can undo the high-calorie effect of a junk-food diet, but you can’t run off the chemicals and additives of McDonald’s food. Run a lot, eat a lot–but it’s still better to eat fresher, more natural foods. No way does McDonald’s food have enough vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy. I hope this guy was at least taking a multi-vitamin!