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The 6-Thousand Calorie Quest (Part 2)

Two days ago I posted my calorie consumption log on binge-day.
Today, the results from the 13-hour feast are in!

Before jumping ahead, let me re-affirm my purpose for the excessive food intake for one day. The goal of cheat day was to keep my metabolic rate high by consuming an excess of calories. Additionally, doing so should help me trim off fat- paired with brief muscular contraction (for activation of GLUT-4) should get some of those calories going straight to my muscles.

Here are the results!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 (the morning of): 164 lbs
Monday, March 28th, 2011 (the morning of): 160 lbs

I successfully lost 4 lbs from Saturday morning -> Monday morning, and not by starving myself either! Side note: Sunday’s meals consisted of my standard low GI foods (eggs, vegetables, beans, chicken).

It’s important to also share that I did not mainly catabolize muscle to lose this weight:

Bodyfat (before/after):  12.8% / 12.4%

So there you have it, a little bit about binge-eating to lose weight! After all, when your on a diet, chances are very likely that you’ll find yourself one point or another downing your favorite treats. Why not do it the right way and use it as a strategy to burn off excessive bodyfat?

The 6-Thousand Calorie Quest (Part 1)

On Monday, I started to pursue a diet in low GI (glycemic index) foods. It has been proven that consuming low GI foods will provide your body with essential nutrition and assist in maintaining (or reaching) a low body-fat composition (Hellooo, Eight-pack!).

In layman’s terms, low glycemic index foods are digested slower than high GI foods, leaving you feeling full for a longer time- essentially allowing you to consume less calories without feeling starved. Personally, I found the most appealing part of the diet to be an allowance of one-day per week that I could consume as much of anything I wanted. Sounds like a deal to me! The goal of this cheat day would be to keep my metabolic rate high by consuming an excess of calories (in comparison to any other day of the week).

Hold up! There are a few ground rules for our “cheat day”:

  1. Start off the day with a moderate meal- high in protein and insoluble fiber.
  2. Consume small quantities of fructose before the second meal (and other high glycemic load meals). (Side note: Fructose is great for near-flat-lining blood glucose levels)
  3. Increase the speed that food exits the stomach. (IE. Through caffeine intake, EGCG (found in green-tea))
  4. Engage in brief muscular contraction. (Side note: This will bring GLUT-4 to the surface of muscle cells, allowing calories to be absorbed into muscle cells instead of turning directly into fat)

So there are the rules, you already know my goal of the day… now here are the results!

9:45 AM
– 1 cup mixed vegetables (105 kcal)
– 1/2 cup lentil beans (115 kcal)
– 2 whole eggs (fried w/ olive oil) (162 kcal)
Total = 382 kcal

11:30 AM
– 10 oz Florida’s Natural Orange Juice (138 kcal)
– 1 glazed donut (260 kcal)
Total = 398 kcal

12:30 AM
– Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a roll (with salt, pepper, and ketchup) (400 kcal)

2:00 PM
– Glazed apple fritter (400 kcal)
– 12 oz Yerba Mate (5 kcal)
Total = 405 kcal

3:35 PM
– 10 oz Florida’s Natural Orange Juice (138 kcal)
– Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting (550 kcal)
Total = 688 kcal

4:00 PM
– 12 oz Yerba Mate (5 kcal)
–  Milk chocolate bar filled with peanut butter (600 kcal)
Total = 605 kcal

6:45 PM
– 2/3 lb Burger (with bun, bacon, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion) (1300 kcal)
– Wedge fries (296 kcal)
– Birch beer / Cream soda (190 kcal)
Total = 1786 kcal

10:00 PM
– 8 oz Florida’s Natural Orange Juice (110 kcal)

10:10 PM
– 12 oz Yerba Mate (5 kcal)
– Sugar coated cake donut (360 kcal)
– Italian bread with 2 tbsp Nutella (290 kcal)
– 3 peanut butter cookies (180 kcal)
Total = 835 kcal

Bringing me to a grand total of… 5,606 calories in ~13 hours!

Now, we just need to add in the moderate exercises performed throughout the day, which, on-average gave us a 200 calorie offset. Terrific! Stay tuned for part 2 (coming Monday)!

Making A Bad Day Something Better

“A bad day is just a day where you have been thinking more negative thoughts than positive ones.”

Last week, I woke up to what one might have considered a very bad day. It was the first day of the new semester and I was already running late. I sprinted into the shower to wash off, flew down the stairs to brush my teeth, and ran out to my car.

With only 20 minutes until class started (keep in mind, my commute averages 30 minutes), I quickly brushed the snow off my car, went to turn the key to my ignition, and heard nothing but the silence of falling snow. “Oh great! It’s going to be that kind of a day,” I thought to myself. I went inside and quickly scrambled to get in contact with my parents. After finally getting in contact with my mom, I was able to borrow her car while at work and drive myself to school. I proceeded with the day, fearing for the worst.

To my good fortune, that day last week ended up being one of the best days of my week. Instead of carrying on with my day feeling hopeless and down, I raised my head up high and looked for ways to improve my day. After my two classes that morning, I made lunch plans with a friend at our favorite burger joint. Afterwords, we went back to my house and took care of my immobilized car. We hung out for some time and later headed to the gym.

After I tidied myself up and was ready to call it a day, thanking a higher love for turning my day into something far better than I thought it would be, I noticed my phone- lit up, indicating a new message. The message was from my former significant-other (asking how I was doing), and our brief conversation brought an unimaginable amount of happiness and ease to my mind.

What’s important is that we understand we have the opportunity to change our attitude, our perspective, and our thoughts- at any moment. What I thought might lead me into a day of disaster resulted in the best day of my week. How can you change your impression on the bad to turn them into good?