McDonald’s CEO Says He Lost 20 Pounds On ‘McDiet’

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson revealed that he lost around 20 pounds while scarfing the restaurant’s food every single day.

While attending a recent analyst conference, Thompson was asked how the restaurant was coping with the rise of obesity around the globe. It was then that the fast food chain’s CEO revealed he had dropped nearly two dozen pounds while eating the company’s food on a regular basis.

However, don’t let Thompson’s admission fool you. In addition to eating McDonald’s every day, the CEO said he had started working out again. This more than anything else likely helped Thompson shed those unwanted pounds. He also stated that moderation is also the key to a successful diet.

“I think that balance is really important to people,” he explained.

Thompson explained that he’s not eating a Big Mac every time he bellies up to the counter. Some days he will eat a burger, while others he will simply have a salad. Being more active also played a key role in the CEO’s weight loss. Through it all, he’s insists that he’s still eating at McDonald’s.

Although he mentioned them during his conversation, Thompson admitted at the Sanford Bernstein conference on Wednesday that salads only make up around three or four percent of the restaurant’s overall sales. The CEO added that McDonald’s doesn’t “see salads being a major growth driver.”

Thompson, who has been on the job for about a year, said the fast food chain offers customers a number of healthier options. However, at the end of the day it’s all about exercise and moderation. He remarked that Europeans are rarely heavy because they tend to walk more than others.

In theory, exercise and a balanced McDonald’s diet could help you lose weight. Thompson certainly seems to think highly of his products; the CEO recently said the restaurant isn’t in the business of selling junk food.

What do you think about the McDonald’s CEO losing 20 pounds while eating at the restaurant on a regular basis?

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