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Calorie Ladder Results
by:Pox
2009/11/04
This is the graph of the whole experiment:



** First question: Those double dot days are because I came back home and thus couldn't count calories as accurately anymore. So you'll have to make due with an estimate zone.... aw


So did I make it? I guess I did. Despite probably going over a few times in the later part, I'm fairly confident that I stuck to it very strictly in the first part, probably under-estimating several times. So it all works out. But hey the scale doesn't like. I lost 20 pounds in those 41 days, from a predicted 15.7. So yeah there you go. I'll give you a more in-depth update later on. For now, here's the log from the second half. Enjoy basking in my stupidity.

COMMENTS:

On day 27 I was forced to go back home because of something that happened in my close family. So from that point onward I had a fainter idea of what I was eating. It was a good test to see if I could keep myself from devouring all the tasty shitty food there that I don't have to pay for. I'd eat entire rows of cookies as a snack sometimes or like half a pizza. YUMMY.

THINGS I'VE LEARNED:

- Breakfast cereals have way too many calories. All of them.

- You can eat normally pretty much every day BUT DON'T DRINK OR TAKE DESSERTS. I think that's the biggest killer. You'll eat until you're decently full on normal food but if you drink or eat that muffin or those 5 cookies, that puts you in the red zone by 200-500 calories really fast. 500 extra calories per day is a pound a week. 52 pounds in one year. That's REAL FAT, REAL FAST.

-Eating pastries/beer is doubly bad because it actually makes you MORE hungry. Eating one piece of cake makes you hungry for like 70% of the amount of cake you've eaten. You will eat until its gone.

- 2000 calories a day isn't for sedentary people. The food guide people should tone those estimates down because I bet all those "based on a 2000 calorie diet" values on labels of just about all the food you buy are bs. They made the food guide based on the dietary requirements of a greek marathon runner, not a cubicle rat. Seriously look at the food guide. It says 6-12 servings of grains per day. They count those in slices of bread. That's anywhere from 600 to 1200 calories OF BREAD ALONE. That covers 1 food group out of 4. Holy shit you have to be a rocket scientist to manage to eat everything they recommend but still find food that will give you under 1800 calories.

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DAY 21
FOOD CALORIES
NOTHING 0
Total: 0/0

Comments: Been drinking Coca-Cola 0 all day. Quite frankly this entire week is going to suck no matter what I do. Plus I went to the store only to find out there's like 4 calories in a stick of gum. There goes that plan.

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DAY 22
FOOD CALORIES
1 cup salad 70
15 grapes 30
Total: 100/100

Comments: I loves me some grapes. I feel just as bad today as yesterday. I'm tired.

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DAY 23
FOOD CALORIES
1.5 cup salad 105
47 grapes 94
Total: 199/200

Comments: The remainder of my spaghetti has been sitting in the fridge untouched for like 5 days now. Tomorrow I can finally eat some of that...ARRR

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DAY 24
FOOD CALORIES
1 cup spaghetti 262
7 grapes 14
24 Pickle slices 24
Total: 300/300

Comments: Shit my leftover spaghetti was rotten by the time I got to it today. Smelled like garbage. So I cooked up a new batch of non-wholegrain. BIG MISTAKE. It has 340 calories per 1/5th of package while the whole grain kind has 340 calories per 1/4th for the same size of package! That's 25% more calories.

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DAY 25
FOOD CALORIES
1 cup spaghetti 262
1 cup fruit juice 110
Total: 372/400

Comments: Almost out of the red zone now...

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DAY 26
FOOD CALORIES
1.5 cup spaghetti 393
3/4 cup fruit juice 83
Celeri + Mustard 15
Total: 490/500

Comments: That 1.5 cup of spaghetti felt like the first real meal I have eaten in two weeks...Plus that 3/4 cup of juice ( which was the last of that juice that I bought almost a month ago ) that made 476 calories. Kinda sucks when you've been up for 2 hours and have eaten all you're gonna eat for the day. Also, celeri is disgusting. It's like bad-tasting water.

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DAY 27
FOOD CALORIES
2 toasts with peanut butter and a banana 300
1 apple 55
1.5 cups stew 250+???
Total: 550-700/600

Comments: Bad day today. I was forced to go back home because of something in the family. Now I'll have no idea how many calories I'm eating. I have bigger problems.

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DAY 28
FOOD CALORIES
2 toasts with peanut butter and a banana 300
1 cup pasta with goulash 250+???
Total: 550-700/700

Comments: Had to go buy pre-made food at some local place. There are no indications on the packages as to the contents. I estimate as best I can.

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DAY 29
FOOD CALORIES
2 toasts with peanut butter and a banana 300
1.5 cup pasta with goulash 325+???
Total: 625-800/800

Comments: You know it's pretty sad that 2 toasts are half my calories for one day.

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DAY 30
FOOD CALORIES
2 toasts with peanut butter 220
1 cup pasta with cognac chicken 250+???
1 apple 55
1 cup pasta with cognac chicken 250+???
Total: 800-950/900

Comments: 900 is like a feast at this point. I haven't eaten normally in over a month now.

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DAY 31
FOOD CALORIES
2 cups cheerios + 1 cup milk 380
2 cups pasta with cognac chicken 500+???
Total: 880-1030/1000

Comments: Hmmm such delicious food. NOM NOM, say I.

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DAY 32
FOOD CALORIES
2 toasts with peanut butter 220
2 cups cheerios + 1 cup milk 380
1 piece dark chocolate 40
2 cups meat and veggies < 460
Total: 900-1100/1100

Comments: God damn cereals. You know those "part of a complete breakfast" breakfasts you see on the cereal commercials? I bet you those are at least 600 calories. It's like a bowl of cereal, a glass of juice, 2 toasts with butter and a muffin? Yes your kid will be very plump indeed.

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DAY 33
FOOD CALORIES
1 cup stew 200-250
1 piece dark chocolate 40
2 toasts with peanut butter 220
20 grapes 40
1 peanut butter toast 110
1 peanut butter toast 110
Trout, corn, rice, beets 290
1 piece dark chocolate 40
1 Nutella toast 120
Total: 1170-1220/1200

Comments: Woah look at that huge list of things for today!

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DAY 34
FOOD CALORIES
1 bowl cheerios with soy milk 400
2 cups veggies with cognac chicken 300-350
1 Nutella toast 120
1 bowl of soup 120
fish, rice, corn 290
1 piece dark chocolate 40
Total: 1270-1320/1300

Comments: For some reason, I am MORE hungry when I'm eating than when I'm not.

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DAY 35
FOOD CALORIES
1 Nutella toast 120
1.5 cups Cheerios w 1/2 cup soy milk 280
Little bit over 1 cup of stew 270-320
1 Nutella toast 120
3 cups salmon/potatoes thing 540-580
Total: 1310-1400/1400

Comments: Wow seriously I ate like 600+ calories for breakfast and 4 hours later I'm ravenously hungry. I guess I'm back in "can eat 40 hamburgers" mode

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DAY 36
FOOD CALORIES
1 cup salmon thing 180-195
1.5 cups Cheerios w 1/2 cup soy milk 280
2 Whole grain bread banana/peanut butter sandwich 540
Mustard Rabbit with mashed potatoes 400-450
Total: 1400-1465/1500

Comments: Man that mustard rabbit was delicious. I ate a lot today. I am...full.. ...what a ... strange feeling...

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DAY 37
FOOD CALORIES
1.5 cups Cheerios w 1/2 cup soy milk 280
2 Nutella toasts with banana 280
2 Nutella toasts with banana 280
1 apple 55
Fish and potatoes and corn dinner 590-650
1 apple 55
Total: 1540-1590/1600

Comments: I feel fatter already. I guess my body works like this: I gain weight when I eat 1500 calories but I lose 2 pounds per second that I don't eat. Makes perfect mathematical sense! My body makes 1 pound of fat from 1500 calories but somehow burns one pound of fat in 1500 calories. Maybe it stores inneficient fat? Is that possible? Maybe some people have super-dense blubber that you could put in your car instead of gas?

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DAY 38
FOOD CALORIES
3 cups Cheerios with 1 cup soy milk 450
2 Nutella toasts with banana 300
Bowl of macaroni with cheese 400-450
1 apple 55
1 cup salmon thing 180-195
1 portion salmon 160
Mustard Rabbit ( YUMMY FOR MAH TUMMY) 200-250
Total: 1465-1580/1700

Comments: I eat big breakfasts apparently.

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DAY 39
FOOD CALORIES
2 cups Cheerios with 1/2 cup soy milk 280
1 apple 55
2 cups Cheerios with 1 cup soy milk 340
Mergez with mashed potatoes 300-330
Lamb, veggies, 10% stout yum 700-770
Total: 1675-1775/1800

Comments: First beer I've had in over a month. Whew Beer is high in calories! Wee ... I had forgotten how hungry alcohol makes you...Even though I was at my limit for the day, I was ravenously hungry like 30 minutes after drinking. Hungry and tispy.HUNPSY.

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DAY 40
FOOD CALORIES
2 cups Cheerios with 1/2 cup hemp milk 285
2 cups Cheerios with 1/2 cup hemp milk 285
1 cup salmon thing + some mustard rabbit 460-560
Pea soup with cheese, chicken, potatoes 450-550
Bread pudding ( haha what?) 250-350
Total: 1730-2030/1900

Comments: So I gained a pound in the last few days. Haha. I'm starting to think that the 2000 calories a day requirement is bullshit...Especially since I feel like I'm going to explode just from eating around 2000.

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DAY 41
FOOD CALORIES
3 cups Cheerios with 1 cup hemp milk 450
2 cups rice 440
Some kind of pastry for fat fucks 190
Nutella Toast with super-bread 150
2 cups spaghetti with some garlic bread 600-630
Total: 1930-1960/2000

Comments: LAST DAY HAH

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