Runner prepares for marathon with McDonald's diet

Mar 29, 2011

An Illinois man is eating only McDonald's for 30 days as he trains for a marathon.

While eating McDonald's every day may be one way to see life insurance rates increase, one long-distance runner has included meals from the fast-food chain as part of his training regimen for the Los Angeles marathon, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Palatine resident Joe D'Amico told the paper he aims to beat his personal best time of two hours and 36 minutes this year, with the aid of three McMeals a day for 30 days. D'Amico said his meals usually consist of pancakes and an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, a grilled chicken sandwich and large Coke for lunch, and then a hamburger and fries for dinner, reported the source.

"My wife told me I was crazy," he said. "But I love McDonald's and I love running, and this was a great way to combine the two."

While D'Amico told the newspaper that his doctor said the diet was less than ideal to prepare for the 26.2 mile race, the 36-year-old said the negative consequences likely won't affect him since he is running 100 miles a week.

Similar McDonald's diets have been attempted in the past. In the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gained more than 20 pounds and saw his health decline after eating at the chain every day for a month.

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