I swear I didn't plan it this way. It was only when I looked at my menu for Sunday, the final day in my week-long quest to see if I could lose weight on an all-McDonald's diet, that I realised that the menu I had planned was almost identical to what I had eaten on the first day of the diet.
The only difference was that on Monday, I had a side garden salad, and I skipped that today. I've had too many dodgy tomatoes in the salads over the last couple of days, so I just couldn't see the point. (The salad makes virtually no difference to the calorie count anyway; it increases the number of vegetables I eat but not the variety, since I have the chicken salad for dinner and it includes all the vegetables in the basic garden salad plus others.)
This repetition shouldn't be so surprising to me. Once you factor together the available options and the stuff I like, the daily routine is always going to be a version of muffin at breakfast, burger and fries at lunch and salad at dinner. There are wraps on offer, but I don't like the bread on those. The desserts are, for the most part, way too high in calories, and I don't have a much of a sweet tooth anyway. I've definitely craved different foods, but as diets go this certainly beats drinking nothing but juice.
What I Ate: Day 7
Here's the day 7 menu, complete with calorie count (calorie-free drinks not included).
|Breakfast: Bacon & Egg McMuffin||297|
|Small orange juice||135|
|Lunch: Big Mac||493|
|Dinner: Noodle Grilled Chicken Salad||255|
Head back to Lifehacker on Monday at 11:30 for my big concluding post. Did I lose weight? Would I do it again? What happens next? Does eating so many crunchy noodle chicken salads make you crazy? All will be revealed.