In an interesting experiment to see if moderation works, Devin Cunningham of Bellevue, Washington decided to eat Chipotle for an entire year.
Cunningham made the pledge almost a year ago, intending to prove to Americans that eating food you love is perfectly fine as long as it’s not in excess. He detailed his goals as thus:
“A lot of people try fad/crash diets like a no/low carbs diets that does not work and then get discouraged very quickly. I want to show people that they can be fit while still enjoying the food they love. When you enjoy what you eat on your ‘diet,’ and you do it in moderation, it is that much easier to achieve your fitness goals.”
He wanted to prove fast food can work both ways, initially gorging himself on Chipotle and gaining 16 pounds, before beginning to make better choices with his meal options and whittling down his weight to 146 pounds.
When Chipotle began experiencing problems with the E. Coli outbreak, it put a wrench into Cunningham’s plans, and he actually had to travel all the way to Canada to find an open Chipotle when stores in the U.S. were closed for a few days.
Cunningham remained wedded to his goal, and he has now reached 314 straight days of eating Chipotle; as his Instagram pictures show, he looks extremely fit.
Cunningham makes a truly interesting point that seemingly unhealthy foods in moderation and coupled with exercise can indeed lead to weight loss—there’s no need to completely give up what you enjoy in order to lose weight.
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