Don Gorske – Big Mac Man

I have only had a McDonalds Big Mac once, when I was a kid I never had one because I did not know that you could order without special sauce. I would eat Quarter Pounders instead.

Never eat fast food with your eyes closed, you will realize that those burgers are truly terrible tasting.

Anyway There is a guy name Don Gorske, from Wisconsin and he claims to have eaten 23,000 Big Macs since 1972 having at least 2 every day.

Don said he eats this many Big Macs, and eats them everyday, because his obsessive-compulsive disorder fueled his love for only Big Macs.

Don Gorske Started Eating Big Macs a long time ago

He began eating the burgers on May 17, 1972, and has kept every receipt to prove his achievement.

The 54-year-old has written a book about his experience after he became fascinated with the way the fast food chain tracks its customer numbers so he decided to track his own consumption.

You would think that eating all of these Big Macs would make Don really fat that is what I expected but he is 6ft 2in tall and weighs 185 pounds and burns off the Big Macs by walking up to 10 miles a day.

Each day he eats two Big Macs, which are made up of two beef patties, cheese and a special Mac sauce.

“I enjoy them every day. I need two to fill me up.

“Sometimes people call me a freak but it doesn’t bother me. I just say respect people as they are,” he said.

“I just want to make sure people understand I’m not going to change.”

Don Gorske used to order fries every day in the 1980s but began to cut back in the 90s. He now limits himself to once a month. I myself think that the highlight of McDonalds is the fries but on the other hand they are really high in sodium (salt) and are made of deep fried fat. I will certainly never eat them everyday.

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Comments

  1. Moe says

    Well,
    Everyone IS different. My grandpa smoked 3 packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day for 65 years, and was fit as an ox until about 79 (yes…. he was 14, he had said it may have been a pack a day for the first few months or so), then died in about 6 months or so due to complications of an accident with a tractor. Most people would have died from heart attack or lung cancer. He was still 6 foot 7, thin, and could lift logs heavier than I could when I was 23. You can have an example of anyone who beats the odds in any catagory of whatever…drinking, eating, smoking, or all of the above. It still doesn’t mean it is acceptable.

    peaceness…

  2. JD says

    Gorske walks 10 miles per day largely because of his job, he’s a corrections officer. He wore a pedometer for a while and tracked he walked 10 miles per day – he does not actively go out for walks for exercise but does walk to do errands where many others would drive. To the person above who said you can eat healthy regularly at McDonalds you have to be kidding. Yes you can eat healthy regularly there if you stick to the salads without dressing, bacon bits, etc. and almost nothing else. Even their parfaits are full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

    A Big Mac has 550 calories, Gorske says he eats 2 of them per day for a total of 1100 calories, not that crazy for someone who is active. He doesn’t get fries or anything else, just the 2 Big Macs. The fries are a major part of the unhealthy meals served. You also don’t know what else he eats throughout the day, it may be relatively healthy or at least not junk food.

  3. mallory says

    did anyone else beside me realize that they never once mention in the movie supersize me that don gorske walks up to ten miles a day? don’t you agree that that would be a great thing to put in the movie because it proves that with excersize you can eat whatever you want.

    • fitness guy says

      Well you can eat almost anything you want anyway. I have to agree with you that there are a lot of mistakes in diet that can be fixed by exercising a lot.

      On another note, 10 miles a day walking? That is a lot of walking!

    • Matthew Vella says

      It does not prove that. People react differently to the same lifestyles.

      And the fact that he weighs 185 pounds does not, in any way, mean he is healthy and won’t have problems as he gets older.

    • LISA says

      I THINK YOU ARE CONFUSING THIS GUY WITH Morgan Spurlock WHO DID A DOCUMENTARY CALLED “SUPER SIZE ME” IN 2004 AND ATE McDONALDS EVERY DAY TO SEE THE EFFECTS ON HIS HEALTH. THE GUY IN THIS ARTICLE IS OBSESIVE COMPULSIVE AND THAT IS WHY HE EATS THEM.

    • Pernille says

      Hmm.. Unfortunately the thing about Big Macs and fast food in general is all the ingredients – or rather chemicals etc. which they contain. You’ll might be able to say “I walked 10 miles – burnt off 550 calories which equals a big mac, so now i can eat anything as long as i just exercise it away”, but really you will not be able to exercise all the bad stuff in the fast food away… It stays in your body..

      • fitness guy says

        Yes, the crazy story here though is that Don apparently walks a lot so he burns it off. He eats one a day so maybe the rest fo his diet is more healthy. One of the strangest eating stories ever though isn’t it

  4. says

    Yeh I remember seeing this guy on supersize me…and I also remember being frustrated how he was so lean! Fair enough, he walks 10 miles per day but obviously has a speedy metabolism to go with that. Whether he puts on or not though, that is not going to be good for his insides and overall health. Let’s just hope he eats enough fruit and vegetables outside of his 2 big macs per day!

  5. Fantasaya says

    to help you lose you need to exercise at least 60 minutes a day and eat helthy food like salads,fruits, and vegtables most definetly. i mean you can eat some fatty foods but its always good to make sure you dont get hooked and start eating it all the time. Also do not eat when you are depressed, or stressed, just only eat when you are hungry. also i know that this seems to be esier said than done but that is not true craving sugar or those fatty foods is a state of mind and all you need to do when you go to reach for those fries or piece of pie is tell yourself no and pull your hand away and reach for the salad.

  6. Quinn says

    I eat at McDonalds everyday, because it is near my work and convenient for my lunch break, and cheap too. I order from the dollar menu and get two salads a day (no dressing), which actually have dark green lettuce, carrots and whole baby tomatoes, and one hamburger, no cheese, for protien. Who knows, I may have a heart attack soon, but so far I’m hanging in there and can still do strenous work (I work from 12-15 hours each day), half sitting, half on my feet.

    As for the ‘Supersize Me’ movie, that guy chose to eat all the junk on the menu to fulfil his movie propaganda agenda. But if I made a movie like that, choosing the following items from the menu, I probably would be very healthy after 30 days (actually I will be happy to make this movie – just contact me via my website and I will do it!):

    So, here’s for our new movie, “DownSize Me”!…

    Breakfast:
    2 Orange Juices
    2 McDonalds Apples and Nuts cups

    Lunch:
    2 side salads (no dressing)
    2 chicken wraps, grilled, no sauce
    1 Water and 1 iced coffee

    Dinner:
    1 Fish Filet sandwich
    1 Fiesta Salad (no chicken or dressing)
    1 Apple Pie
    1 Coke or water

    …not the ideal meal for taste, but not quite the crap that movie was feeding us, either. I could exercize and be pretty healthy on that diet, no?

  7. says

    Some people are just lucky with their metabolism. Recently here in London a guy was in the news that could eat anything he liked and still stayed thin. He literally had no fat, and ate loads of junk food. And his job was not active. He just had a supercharged metabolism. It goes to show that some people will find it harder to lose than others on genetic grounds alone.

    Eating all those big macs is only unhealthy *if* he is affected by it. Maybe he is one of the lucky ones which have a very strong immune system and the body can cope with all that fat etc. Maybe his body processes it, and he is healthier than the average gym going, salad eating, fruit smoothie drinking fitness fanatic. Annoying if it is the case, but it could be true!

  8. Bill Nad says

    Hey Fitness Surfer, I do not remember this guy on Super size me but wasn’t that a great documentary. I really liked how real the guy was about his experience in eating all of the McDonalds although I could have probably been OK without the throwing up scene from eating too much on I think the third day.

  9. Kevin Freeman says

    I am wondering what kind of long term health effects might have resulted from his big mac eating experience. Either way, I think the lack of diversity in his diet was suffering enough. I would be willing to bet that the only reason he could continue his big mac pursuits for so long was the continuous exercise. Good luck, Don. We’re all counting on you!

  10. says

    Well, the real killer at McDonalds are the fries and soda – I mean it is difficult to understate how BAD fries and soda are. So I guess that he is eating the better portion of the McD’s meal (which is still pretty bad with high saturated fat content and processed garbage). The 10 miles a day of walking has probably saved him.

  11. says

    I watch a TV show on this guy. I’ve also seen œSuper Size Me where the œ30 Days guy did a documentary on eating nothing but Mc D’s for 30 days and he had to super size it ever time they asked him if he wanted to. He had to stop before he finished based on Dr’s recommendation, or something.

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