Wanna Lose Weight? Eat Big Macs?




First it was the Twinkies Diet.

Then it was the Potato Diet.

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Now it is the McDonald’s Diet.

The people on each of these diets lost weight.

The common link?

On each of these diets the dieter controlled portion size.

Proving over again and over again that it is not what you eat so much as it is portion size.

You can eat anything you want IF you eat it in moderation and still be healthy.

This time the dieter was an Iowa science teacher. It was part of a class assignment and research study. The key he said was in making the right choices at each meal. He also ate no more than 2000 calories a day.

He also began an exercise/walking regimen.

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HOWEVER, he ate nothing but McDonald’s food for three months (90 days) proving it is not McDonald’s food that makes you fat.

No matter how many times the Food Police say it or how loud they say it.  It is how much you eat. Not what you eat!

To learn how much he lost and to see before and after pictures watch the video below.



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Featured Recipe        Goulash Soup [Gulyás Leves]



On this freezing minus ten degrees cold day what can be better than a stick-to-your-ribs, big bowl of hot soup?

And today I give you a real Hungarian soup recipe from the cookbook, Mostly Magyar from the Hungarian Evangelical and Reformed Church in Dayton, Ohio.

It is not difficult to make, but it does take a bit of cooking time. So on this day when it is minus ten degrees below and on a day when I do not have to go to work I have the time to make this.

New Kitchens

The long cooking times also makes your kitchen and house warmer and smell divine! I hate these new open space kitchen-dining-living rooms with cathedral ceilings. They are so hard to heat, especially on freezing cold days.

No Texting

Old fashioned kitchens were so wonderful. They were the perfect family and friend gathering place – to talk, laugh, and learn how to cook. Kitchens should be a room where TV, texting, and cell phones are off limits. Only face to face interactions allowed.

This is what you will need for 6-8 bowls of soup:

1 pound stew beef

2 tablespoons lard

1 medium to large onion

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 fresh tomato

2 large carrots

2 medium potatoes

4 cups of water



Here is what you do:

Over low heat melt the lard.

Dice the onion into medium pieces and sauté in the lard.



Add the paprika and mix well.



Place a heat diffuser under a pot at this point in time. Add the meat, the tomato, 2 cups of the water, and the salt.


Cook slowly or simmer for 1 hour.

NOTE:  Simmer Over a Heat Diffuser

This simply means cook the beef very slowly at a slow simmer otherwise the beef will become tough and stringy. 

Simmering is used for tough cuts of meat that should be tenderized with long, gentle cooking in liquid.

The Food Network defines simmer: To cook food gently in liquid at a temperature (about 185°F) low enough that tiny bubbles just begin to break the surface.

You can click the following Wiki link to learn how to simmer, or, you can use a flame tamer which does the same thing. My flame tamer is old and it looks it.

You can find heat diffusers on the net [click the link] or at most cooking stores.

My very old heat diffuser

My very old heat diffuser

Around the 30 minute mark, if the tomato is a large one like mine, turn the tomato over and begin chopping or breaking it up with your spatula.



While the meat is simmering prep your veggies.

Peel the carrots and dice.

Peel the potatoes and cut into a slightly  larger dice.


Add the carrots and potatoes and 1 cup of water. Mix well. Continue to cook at a simmer for one-half an hour.



When the 30 minutes is up add 1 cup of very cold water to the pot and let the soup come to a boil [ (when you first see bubbles,] stirring a few times. Then cook for ten minutes more.


While you are waiting for the soup to finish cooking chop the parsley.


Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with some of the chopped parsley. Serve with bread and butter and/or a salad.


Bon appétit!!!

1 pound stew beef                $6.59

2 tablespoons lard                $0.18

1 medium onion                    $0.52

1 tablespoon salt                   ——-

1 teaspoon paprika                $0.13

1 fresh tomato                      $2.06 *

2 large carrots                      $0.58

2 medium potatoes                $1.34

4 cups of water                     ——-

Parsley                                  $0.05

I splurged here and got an heirloom tomato.

Total cost = $11.45
Cost each 6 bowls = $1.90
Cost each 8 bowls = $1.43

Quote of the Day

The cardiologist’s diet:  If it tastes good, spit it out. 

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4 comments to Wanna Lose Weight? Eat Big Macs?

  • Our downstairs is all open and facing the water and it’s a bugger to cool off. Thankfully most of the time we can open the doors and get a nice ocean breeze but on hot muggy days, it’s off to the shopping center. 🙂

    I 100% agree it’s portion size and for me it’s eating between meals. I eat small portions but sometimes I snack. Okay way too often I snack. 🙂

  • Ooh, that soup looks delicious! Wish we were having an actual winter here so I felt like making a pot of soup!
    Yeah, if you control your portions you can lose weight. I don’t think McDonald’s is the healthiest way to do it but whatever works…
    The sad truth is, calorie restriction is ineffective for most people. It ain’t the calories, it’s the types of foods.
    My biggest diet peeve – low fat foods or diet foods.

    • Roberta

      So true about diets/calorie restriction. Yes as well about low fat and diet foods. I have dealt with that subject several times. You remove fat , which is a binder, you have to replace with something else – usually sugar.

      Glad you like the soup, Julia.

      Love the book BTW!!! 🙂

  • Simple maths, if total energy consumed is less than energy expended, weight must go down and vice versa. The formula is not difficult, the will to apply it is the problem.