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It's almost too easy of a rant going by the title, isn't it? Well, I'll go ahead and do it anyway. I think most people reading this would be surprised at the extent of the idiocy.

We are going to completely ignore the horrendous nutritional content of the "Olympic" food, and focus on the calories instead. Let's have a look at the McD menu -… How about a Big Mac, large fries and coke, and a strawberry banana smoothie for dessert?

550 + 500 + 310 + 260 = 1620 Calories in one meal. This is already 80% of the daily norm for an average person. If this is one of your meals, you will be well over the limit after two more meals - whatever they are.

How many of the athletes would still be able to qualify for the Olympics if they ate exclusively the above mentioned crap consistently? Let's think about it. My guess would be somewhere between zero and a quarter. How many would win Olympic medals? I think none of them. They would be carrying extra fat, and would likely be in poor health.

Here is why. Hardcore exercise makes you tired and hungry. Let's give them three of the above meals per day without any snacks whatsoever (unreal assumption, by the way). That works out to 4860 Calories. These are professional athletes we are talking about, so they train very hard. Their muscles are larger than average, so let's suppose that their bodies use 2200 Calories per day at rest, leaving us with 2660 Calories to burn off.

Morning - 2 hr insane, non-stop, highest intensity weightlifting = 1000 calories
Evening - 10 mile run or equivalent cardio = 1200 calories

Most professional athletes will not be able to complete the above routine every day without either getting injured or overtraining, unless they are endurance athletes. Most people who eat at McDonald's don't complete this amount of exercise in a week. After all, it's the equivalent of running ~3 miles PER DAY for a week.

So where is our athlete left after this insane workout and a mere three McDonald's meals per day? That's right, he's getting fat very quickly! One pound of fat contains 3500 calories. It turns out that he ate roughly 500 more calories than he used, translating into a gain of 1 lb of fat per week, every week. After a year of this insane exercise routine, our athlete will have gained 50 lb of fat and his career would be over until weight loss can occur.

In fact, quite a number of professional athletes could benefit from a lower body fat percentage. Here is just one example -… - of a tennis player dropping 30 lb of fat and storming into the Top 10 in the world late in his career.

I can tell you from personal experience what it takes to burn off 1000 calories. I can do it in exactly 1 hour on a bike at the gym. Put on your shorts, t-shirt, and shoes and dive into a pool. When you get out, without shaking off or squeezing out the water, take a look at yourself in the mirror. You are dripping all over the place, leaving a trail of water behind you. If you shake your hand, you create a localized rainstorm. Now you have a good idea of what I look like when I finish. In this hour, I drop more than 5 lb of sweat, and there is a huge puddle which requires a mop to clean up. That's in addition to a fully saturated towel of decent size which is wet enough to drip if held up. I feel rather sick, my whole body is burning. Walking is a bit of a challenge.

The Olympic motto is "Faster, Higher, Stronger" which is somewhat ambiguous. However, I am fairly sure didn't mean faster death, higher blood pressure, and stronger constipation. The sad part of this whole debacle is that their pathetic ad campaign will probably be effective and kill tens of thousands more through diabetes, heart disease, and all the other awesome things obesity brings.

Fuck you McDonalds, fuck you Coca-Cola. Oh, and fuck you US government, for having corn subsidies which make this disgusting food much cheaper than it should be. Coke is 100% corn (high fructose corn syrup). McDonald's meal is probably >50%.

Edit: On further reflection, I missed the bigger picture. It's not the companies which are the culprit, it's the people. The clueless, and often fat as a result of their ignorance, person who is the average consumer. So fuck you, the average consumer who falls for this shit. I hope I won't be insulting anyone who has read it this far, because you aren't falling for it any more, right?

P.S. No, Michael Phelps never ate 12000 Calories per day. It's bullshit according to the man himself. He probably ate half that much.
  • Listening to: the fridge
  • Reading: finishing up Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Playing: mostly bike and weight lifting
  • Eating: awesome strawberries
  • Drinking: tea
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LenSpirations Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have noticed and commented this fact/issue too with friends, but the truth is that we can't be angry - it's pointless .. this is all because these companies offered the most money to be sponsored there. It's sad but it's how things work nowadays. :/
IvanAndreevich Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
McDonalds would offer a healthy menu in a heartbeat if there was demand for it.
LenSpirations Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true. I demand it .. but I don't know much other people who would even bother.
IvanAndreevich Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Well, at least they have salads. Sometimes when I'm traveling I'll grab a salad from there if I can't find anything else around.

Once they see their number of visitors decline because of their menu, their menu will be changed to reflect what the people want.
LenSpirations Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True, enough demand must exist in order to have a change.
MusicXartXlife Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a person's knowledge of food depends on their parent's knowledge and strictness of food, when we are young if our parents hand us a cheese burger and don't tell us if it's good or bad we'll take a bite, figure it tastes good and keep eating.
However, I think if people are educated and smart enough they'll realise just how awful fast foods are, and how difficult it can be to shed weight and become healthy.

The general populace lacks intelligence and education, I don't know if it is mandatory for all schools in the American continent to learn about health, nor do I know if it's mandatory where I live, it is mandatory in my own school however and I think it's a bloody good idea.

I myself will confess that I am a bit of a health nut, I'll also confess I'm not the healthiest, my friends tease me about my obsession with improving my own and other people's health quite often, I'm not ashamed however because I think first world societies in general are very much incompetent in the area of health. I am a boxer and it took me three months of excersizing 3 days a week for roughly two hours of high intensity exersize while eating nothing but greens, lean red meats and multi grain breads at small portions to lose six kilograms.
The heavier you are the more weight you will lose at first, over the course of time the weight loss will slow and you might put on more weight as your muscle develops under your fat, I think people believing they aren't seeing results or have stopped seeing results can tempt them to give up and go back to their old lifestyles. I think if we made people understand the dangers of obesity instead of advertising the things that make you obese the world would be a much better place.

Not only are we overpopulated we are overweight, both of these are bad things because it means we are in need of more resources and the fact that we're all so heavy tolls on the earth terribly. If you took the population of Autralia or Canada or England or America and got all of the overweight people to lose that weight, it would be like getting rid of thousands of people, because the weight some people are at could quite possibly be enough to be the weight of two people, and an obese population is an unhealthy population and if you aren't healthy you won't be able to do your best to contribute to society and to contribute to your own health and happiness in life.

I think the people who work their asses off to get into the Olympics are inspiring, however seeing them advertising coca cola makes me lose some respect for them.

I very much enjoyed your journal entry :)
Thank you for taking the time to work out the details of all this and the equation of it all. I try to eat healthy and exercise anyways, but it really is eye opening.

But I agree, it is sickening that McDonalds and Coke are sponsors to something that should promote health, not obesity. It bothers me even more upon learning that these are the only food chains that are ALLOWED to be sponsors. I could think of maybe ten other companies that would be more appropriate than these two.

And again, I agree with the fact that it is just as much the fault of the ignorant and fat consumer that gobbles up this crap that they sling out to us. I get angry when people claim that it's cheaper and easier/less time consuming to just drive up to McDs and get food there than it is to buy and prepare healthy food at home, because that's bull shit. With $100 I can go to Costco and get fresh veggies and fruit, a couple cases of water, a bag of chicken, and other various things and make enough different and healthy(and delicious) meals for a month. And I can prepare it in less than or about half an hour. And that half hour is better spent standing and preparing food, which does burn calories from moving around, than it is spent driving (while sitting on your ass) and spending $10-20 dollars a day on fast food, and then going home and still sitting on your ass watching TV. Oh, and I STILL have time to go to the gym every/every other day.

Basically, there really is NO excuse to live on a diet based on fast food, and then not exercise.
IvanAndreevich Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Healthiest possible food is very cheap.

Scrambled egg whites, frozen and vegies (green beans, broccoli, carrots, etc) on olive oil and maybe throw in a wiener or some chicken in there for taste, as well as some salt-free seasoning (Costco has a good one, by the way). Boil some beans (or chickpeas) and rice and throw in the fridge to microwave whenever, and you have a complete meal.

Cost? Around $2-3 per meal, preparation time around 5 minutes, cooking skill required right around zero. Tastes fairly good as well.
ShortWolf Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol FIRST of all, it's silly to assume that ANYONE would eat McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The same food gets old after a while. I'm not saying it's impossible, just unreasonable and therefore makes the most of your factual rant sound ridiculous.
True, the majority of McDonalds food is bad for you. True, it's hilariously ironic that one of the fattiest fast-food joints is the sponsor for one of the most physically strenuous competitions of all time.
But here's the kicker, man: PEOPLE KNOW what they're putting into their bodies. You think someone looks at a quarter pounder and goes "hmm, wow, that looks so healthy!"? NO! They know goddamn well that it's bad for them. They even put the calorie count next to the food item. And in America, we have the freedom to CHOOSE to eat that fucking terrible hamburger, or walk away. Sure, blame McDonalds for being successful enough to sponsor the olympics. For making tasty terrible food! But the real culprits are the people who are fat and refuse do anything about it. I think that's really all you have to be mad at.
I fucking love McDonald's lol
IvanAndreevich Aug 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ask McDonalds that - I think they would love you to eat there for every meal.

Do they really know? I think 99% of the people would be sure that weight loss would occur with the above mentioned exercise routine and diet.

| Sure, blame McDonalds for being successful enough to sponsor the olympics.

No, I am blaming the consumer for being fucking stupid.

| I fucking love McDonald's lol

I've got no problem with that.
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