The Math Diet

How hard can it be to lose weight? It’s all math.

Well, last night I wound up eating my “fourth meal” of 500 calories for a daily total of 2,000. The hunger got overwhelming around 10pm. Some days are like that. All you can do is maintain your weight. Other days, you can do just fine with 3 meals. That’s why it’s so important to pace yourself each day and leave a 4 hour gap between meals. It’s a small amount of time in wait for a meal.

Today I woke late, so I didn’t get my breakfast until 9:30.  I had 3/4 of a muffin like yesterday. That pushed my lunch back to 1:30, so when I had another half sandwich, it didn’t do much for me. I know by the numbers that I’ve already had 1,000 calories today, but it doesn’t feel like it. It looks like this will be another 2,000 calorie day.

One thing to note is that I have been riding my bike a lot, so it’s possible that I’ve been burning closer to 2,500 calories per day.  Weight: 190 Time: 1:30 Next Meal: 5:30

Well, going from 12pm to 4pm was tough. I was hoping the 1/2 sandwich would do the trick, but it only seemed to last about 2 hours. Once 4 got here, I wolfed down the second half like a mad man. It’s funny how the body plays tricks on you. By the numbers, you know that three five-hundred calorie meals per day should be sufficient in order to lose weight. Your brain fights this though. It makes you feel like you need 3,000 calories. A lot of this has to do with insulin. If you eat too much sugar or refined starch, it raised the hunger response. That’s why I like my food to have a good amount of fat and protein. If you try to eat something like 5 light beers for your meal, you will be hungry as hell. The alcohol will turn to sugar. You can certain ‘try’ to do that, but I would suggest something like a sandwich that has a good combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates.

My hunger seems to be leveling off now. I may have to eat the forth meal today at 8pm. If I skip it, I will be sure to lose weight. If I eat it, I will only maintain yesterdays’ weight.

After being totally disgusted with Fuddruckers yesterday, I tried City Bakery. This has got to be the best sandwich I’ve had all year. The bread is fresh and moist. Everything tasted like is was out of the garden.

Anyway, the $7 sandwich was huge. Of course, you’ll never find nutrition facts at a local bakery, so you have to punt. Arby’s has a line of Market Fresh sandwiches that are very similar, so I went to check their nutrition facts. First of all, I like a sandwich done “right” with all the trimmings like tomato, onion, lettuce, mayo and mustard. I don’t want some flimsy sandwich on dry toast with a small slab of dry meat. So, if you do a sandwich right, you are looking at around 700 to 800 calories. This sandwich from City Bakery is about 20% larger than Arby’s, so I’m going to call it 1,000 calories. It looks like I have two meals here. I’m going to eat 1/2 and save the other half for 4pm. Not only do I stay within 500 calories in 4 hours, but I also make 2 meals out of $7.  Time: 12:00pm Next Meal: 4:00pm

I had some eggs laying around, so I decided to make pancakes. It’s hard to figure what 500 calories of pancakes is.  I usually have to look at each ingredient:

  • 1/2 cup flour (200 calories)
  • 2 eggs (140 calories)
  • 1 T oil (130 calories)
  • 1/2 milk (80 calories)

OK, so about 550 calories. That should do it. Then I’ll wash the dry stack on pancakes down with a hot coffee. Done.

There was good news this morning. I “lost” 2 pounds. I’m down to 188. It’s probably not fat.  Usually, you lose some water on the first day of your diet. I did bike to work yesterday, so that probably helped burn a little. I don’t exercise too much, but lately I’ve been biking to work to save gas.  Time: 8:00Next Meal: 12:00 Weight: 188

Well, that’s probably the last time I go in there. The burger was fine, but Fuddruckers is starting to live up to the image of “ButtF*ckers” in the movie Idiocracy. The people in the place are scary. The kids running things like stoned. Anyway, here comes an interesting point in the quest for 500 calories. Fuddruckers, like many restaurants, are careful to hide their Nutrition facts from you. This is where you have to do some guestimation work. I had a 1/3 pound burger with a dab of mayo, ketchup, lettuce, onion and tomato.  I looked up the Nutrition guide at Wendy’s and found this part of the PDF file they let you download. Usually burgers come close to being a 500 calorie meal. A lot of people start pulling of the lettuce and mayo.  I don’t do that. I want a burger. I’ll just order a smaller size to be around 500 calories. Usually a 1/4 pound burger is very close to 500. I see that the Wendy’s single is about 430 calorie, so I’m in the ball park.

Places like Fuddruckers hide the single burger list so you can’t see it. They have all these combo deals and specialty burgers in huge type. You have to work really hard to just get a simple sandwich.

This is one of those days when I kept getting hit off guard with my hunger. It was a busy work day and fining good food was hard. I don’t like to have any food at my home or workplace because I’m too tempted to eat it. I always have to buy my 500 calories meal each time I need it.  Time: 5:00pm Next Meal: 9:00pm

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