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Henderson Woman Swears By McDonalds Diet

Posted June 29, 2005 1:50 a.m. EDT

— Morgan Spurlock created the documentary, "Super Size Me," about how he lived off nothing but McDonald's food for a month. He gained 25 pounds and his health deteriorated, but a Henderson woman did the same thing for more than two months and lost weight.

For 68 days straight, Merab Morgan ate three meals a day at McDonalds. She has the receipts and video to prove it. Morgan has an active job, painting new homes more than an hour away from her Henderson home.

"You get in the car and everything is rush, rush, rush," she said.

Morgan said she tried other diets, lost weight and gained it back.

"I've been struggling with weight pretty much after I had my second child," she said.

With the help of the McDonald's Web site, Morgan tallied calories.

"I just stayed anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 calories a day," she said.

Even with fried fish sandwiches and chicken nuggets, she lost 30 pounds. However, registered dietician Rose Langley at Rex Hospital said calories are not the only way to measure a diet.

"If it's low enough in calories, Yeah, you can lose weight, but is fast food the healthiest option always? No," she said.

Langley said she likes the newer choices appearing on fast food menus.

"A lot of fruit has been added. Salads have been out there, but they've made them a whole lot more interesting, a lot more colorful," she said.

Morgan makes healthier choices, mixed with a few fat-filled favorites. She said that is why the diet works for her. She said she is not finished with her McDonald's diet. She has a 90-day goal, which ends July 11. After that, she plans on cooking more at home and eating more vegetables from her garden.