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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Carl's Jr.'s New Pitchman: 482-Pound Man

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge Michael Moore pictured with President Obama, who, incidentally also likes meat
  • Michael Moore pictured with President Obama, who, incidentally also likes meat

Contrary to what Supervisor Eric Mar might tell you, fast food needn't be awful for you. Bay Area man Michael Moore swears by his Carl's Jr.-only diet, which he says is largely responsible for helping him to shed almost 100 pounds in less than a year.

After hitting 576 pounds in 2010, the Antioch resident told SF Weekly that for the last year, he has eaten almost nothing but plain meat patties which he ordered from -- of all places -- the Carl's Jr. by his house. The next obvious question is why Carl's Jr. and not Subway, which gained attention after 34-year-old Jared Fogle lost 245 pounds in one year by eating Subway sandwiches.

"Subway is not close enough," Moore tells us. laughing. "Carl's Jr. is right by my house -- and it's fantastic."

See, dieting is convenient.

His ambitious quest to lose weight spurred after he decided a meat-only diet would be the quickest and healthiest way to get him to a more manageable weight. But because he commutes to Oakland for his job, leaving home by 5 a.m., cooking just wasn't an option.

Hence, the phrase "fast food."

So Moore, who would get around by scooter, would roll up to the Carl's Jr. drive-thorough and order multiple meat patties everyday -- sometimes as many as 30 a week.

"My goal is to lose 330 pounds by November 2013," Moore told us. "I'm pretty sure I can lose 100 pounds a year." He's already lost the scooter.

Of course, the only entity possibly more thrilled about his weight loss than Moore himself is Carl's Jr. -- which is using this as an opportunity to tout its healthier meals.

Perhaps Moore, who says he is not receiving compensation from the eatery, might become the Jared Fogle of Carl's Jr.

"I would love that -- I would love to do that for other people who think there is no hope," Moore said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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