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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 12:11 pm
how to eat a 2200 calorie dinner

... in 7 easy steps:
  • Go to my new favorite steak restaurant in town, Laurelhurst Market. Take three friends.

  • Order a whiskey cocktail with amaretto and lavender ("The Setter").

    • Other options include: The Smith, a complex cocktail that tastes a bit like a creamsicle; the Dizzy Sour, a rye whiskey drink; a gin and tonic with house-made tonic (upgrade your gin if you go with this option).

  • Split the Scotch egg and steak bites appetizers, and mop up the pepper sauce from the steak bites with a yeast roll.

    • NOTE: To save about 200 calories, simply lick the plate instead.

  • Eat half of a porterhouse. You will not need to work off any calories chewing it, because it will dissolve in your mouth. Sample your dining companions' prime rib, hanger steak, or what-have-they.

  • Order and share several side dishes, such as the grilled asparagus with the creamiest Bearnaise sauce you've ever tasted, the bacon sauteed collard greens, the surprisingly light steamed buttered turnips, or the hand-cut french fries.

  • If one of your party suggests splitting a bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, gracefully assent.

  • Order a different dessert for each member of your party and share them all. If you are fortunate, the selections may include strawberry shortcake, chocolate mousse cake, lavender creme brulee, or rhubarb tart. Several may be accompanied by handmade ice creams.

  • EXTRA BONUS: your friends reach for the bill.
Later: how to work off 2200 calories (hint: 2-hour bike ride).

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oddiophile
oddiophile
Anton Chigurh
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)

I wonder how many calories a person can burn by just rolling out of the restaurant?


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meisterdorf
still plays with trains
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)

I was going to ask how much the bill was.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)

I'm pretty sure it was over $20. :)


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)

Nice.

Ah, restaurants, how I remember thee.


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fozz47
fozz47
needs better respect for your superiors
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)

Sounds delicious.

But you'll need to do about 3-4 of those 2 hour bike rides.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)

At my weight and average speed, I burn about 700-900 calories per hour.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)

No, you don't. Sorry.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)

OK, I'll bite. Why not?


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)

I should add that the good news is eating a huge meal like that doesn't mean all those calories go right into you fat cells. Most of it simply gets passed through your system, you'll maybe see a slight weight gain mostly from your body retaining fluids from the sodium, but your weight will barely change after a huge meal like that. This is why having one cheat day or meal a week is much preferable to "cheating" this much spread out over each day or meal (not to mention this causes just a one-time insulin spike vs many mini spikes).

But yeah, the bad news is that 700-900 calorie quote you got is way over-inflated. Most of those "how many calories did I burn doing x exercise" charts are. And weight alone is a very innacurate way of determining this. To get a better idea you'd really need to know your heart rate, weight, age, height blah blah blah and even then it's only approximate. Sadly, bike riding doesn't burn a whole lot of calories unless you're doing sprints and lots of hill climbs, even then it's not all that great given it's not a weight-bearing exercise. It's sure fun though!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)

Right, I'm with you in your first paragraph.

But yeah, the bad news is that 700-900 calorie quote you got is way over-inflated.

Ok. My experience differs.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)

Your experience based on what method?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)

Tracking calories and regularly exercising to maintain a target heart rate.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)

Be warned the whole "fat burning zone" stuff is kind of a bunch of bunk. Okay, not bunk, but the reality is, getting your heart rate up past that mythical range with intervals results in greater calories burned over time (you burn more post exercise) than a long slow workout in that zone.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)

Well, I'm not sure what to say. If the method I've been using for the past few months is bunk, I'll take it, because it's working.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)

Yup, and see other comment I just posted.

I shouldn't say "bunk" - you'll burn calories that way, but you could burn them more efficiently with interval training. Everyone's trying to dig the same hole - you can dig it with a spoon, or a shovel :)

Plus I'll just add - which athlete's body would you prefer - that of an elite distance athlete or that of a sprinter? My hunch is most of us would much prefer the later. Just something to think about.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)

Got a good source to recommend about interval training?


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)

Want examples of how to do it or science showing why it works or ?


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Here's my favorite - The Tabata Interval

http://www.rosstraining.com/articles/tabataintervals.html

(this gives both a workout example, plus links to science behind it)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's my favorite - The Tabata Interval

Sweeeeeet! Thank you.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Here's my favorite - The Tabata Interval

Since the above is more about why intervals make you a better athlete and doesn't touch on fat burning, he's one that does that.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/03/fashion/03Fitness.html


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Friday, May 29th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)

Well that's kinda half the message - you do indeed burn a higher percentage of fat calories with lower intensity exercise, but that just doesn't make up for the difference in total calories burned at higher intensity. The fat-zone data isn't wrong, it's just not really a complete picture.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)

Correct.


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girl_on_a_stick
girl_on_a_stick
stickgirl
Friday, May 29th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)

Also to add - you seem to be happy and having sucess doing what you're doing. And that totally rocks.

There's just a lot of noise out there in regards to this stuff, even from a lot of "experts" including general practitioners, personal trainers (hey, even include me in this bunch). Keep researching on your own. Remain skeptical :)


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