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Calorie Question (OTP?)(6 posts)

Calorie Question (OTP?)MisJG
Jan 18, 2002 7:32 AM
This may be a little off the topic of this page, but there have been a lot of diet questions lately, so I thought I would ask mine. I swear I read once that there is a maximum number of calories you should consume at one sitting because if you eat more than that all at once, your body can't process the extra calories and immediately stores them as fat. I cannot remember that number. Does anyone know that number? Or maybe you can set me straight on what I read/heard. Thanks!
Don't remember seeing it, but ...cory
Jan 18, 2002 8:08 AM
I'm not an expert, but I've done quite a few stories about diet and nutrition as a journalist, and I don't remember coming across that. If you eat more calories than you burn, the excess will be stored, but your body has to process the food BEFORE that happens. Otherwise it just gets shoved through and comes out the other end...Hey, are we onto a new diet secret here?
my roommate tried that oncecollinsc
Jan 18, 2002 9:00 AM
came out of the bath room feeling light headed, and Im not sure if that can be attributed to the lost balast or terribly aromatic qualities....try it at your own risk.
re: Calorie Question (OTP?)morey
Jan 18, 2002 8:14 AM
There is no such number. How could you calculate such a number if someone is 5'0" and 100 lbs versus 7'0" and 300 lbs. You cannot. Basically your body is 55% approx. efficient in digestion, then about 50% efficient in assimilation, the rest theoretically is removed as a bowel movement. This is theoretical, if you are constipated etc. this could change things.
That wouldn't work with fishsalmonwheel
Jan 18, 2002 1:47 PM
I don't think it can be true. The process of producing body mass requires a couple of steps to go from consumption --> assimilation. You're body has a maximum capacity, and works most efficiently within that range. If you eat to much at once your body has a hard time assimilating everything you consumed and you uh, feces will have a higher calorie count. Think of it in terms of a series of chemical reactions taking place with some of the components supplied by yur body and the others by your food. At low levels the components supplied by the food are limiting but when large quantities are consumed at once the bodies capacity to digest and assimilate thf food is limiting. Of course take this to an extreme and other bad things happen, eating all of your daily calories at one meal would mean fewer could actually be used by the body (for fuel or fuel storage), but you're metabolism would decrease because you would be starving your body most of the day, and you would end up burning fewer calories each day.

For fish culture the amount and frequency of feeding is carefully controlled to maximize growth at the lowest expense. The theoretical ideal would be to continually feed fish small amounts of food throughout the day a level that is equal to their ability to assimilate the food materials (i.e. you get more pounds of fish flesh per pound of fish food) this increase in food to fish conversion is offset by the cost of physically feeding the fish paying someone to feed fish every 30 minutes is quite expensive, as is having someone feed fish throughout the night. So a balance is met. If the price of fish feed increases dramatically it becomes worthwhile to feed more often. That is why fish farms spend thousands of dollars developing automatic feeding systems. Also if you over feed animals they generate more waste per pound of feed which dirties the water faster. These principles hold true for mammals as well although our systems are much more complex.

Wow, sorry for the long response
Over simplificationKerry Irons
Jan 18, 2002 5:52 PM
While the principle is correct (eat more smaller meals so that you never have too much XS calories, which tend to get stored as fat), there is no single number that works for any significant % of the population. It would depend both on your amount of muscle and (more importantly) on your rate of calorie burn. Just a typical magazine over simplification. When I was young and doing self contained touring, dinner consisted of a half loaf of bread, a POUND of hamburger, a quart of milk, and a large bag of chips. Breakfast was a 12 oz box of cereal and a quart of milk. I never gained an oz.