I woke up today and found my wife had brought home six Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I had mentioned off-hand a few days ago how much I missed them. She interpreted that as a request [it wasn’t].
I couldn’t say “no” now, could I?
No, I couldn’t.
According to Calorie Count, the classic Cinnabon roll provides:
- 730 calories
- 216 calories from fat (24 g)
- 114 g of carbohydrate
- 1.5 g fiber
Looking at the carb count, you can understand how the typical American gets 250-300 g of carb daily. For the last nine months, I’ve been eating 50 g or less, and about 2000 calories/day.
I ate the Cinnabon as a meal, rather than as dessert after—and in addition to—a meal. If you’re gonna cheat during a weight-control program—and who doesn’t?—that may be a good way to do it.
Compare the Cinnabon with a 700-cal large green salad with tomato, onion, olive oil vinaigrette, topped with tuna or chicken. Which has “more nutrition”?
Did I enjoy the Cinnabon? You bet! Will I be able to resist the temptation of the ones remaining? I hope so.
Steve Parker, M.D.
Weight: 161 lb
Exercise: 90 minutes horseback riding and horse grooming
You can find out how many calories you burn in various exercises at ShapeUp.org. “Horseback riding” was not on the list of options, however. “Calorie Count” at About.com has a list of calories burned in numerous sports, including general horseback riding, trotting, saddling and grooming. For general horseback riding, a 150-pound person burns about 272 calories per hour, which is the amount of energy in one Snickers bar. Sophisticated calculators let you enter your weight for a more accurate assessment of calories burned. For example, it takes more energy (calories) for a 250-pounder to walk at 4 mph than it does for a 150-pounder.
I realized clearly today that 14 oz (400 g) of tomatoes and cucumbers—the max on KMD—is not all that much in terms of volume. But 4 oz of baby spinach is a huge amount. You can compare the nutrients in tomatoes, cucumbers, and spinach at NutritionData’s “Compare Foods” page.