June 6, 2010 · 2:00 AM
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.
September 22, 2009 · 3:28 PM
Similar to the cover of Gary Taubes' book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories"
Weight: 162 lb
Waist circumference: 35 inches
Exercise: 60 minute brisk walk
So, no weight or waist change during third week. Not sure why. Too many uncharted carbs or calories on my three-day trip out-of-town? When you think about it, any diet that offers “unlimited” beef, chicken, eggs, and fish is unlikely to lead to uninterrupted weight loss until death.
In Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes writes about Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Karsten Anderson, who in 1928 began a year-long experiment in which they ate almost nothing except meat (many types). It was not a weight-loss diet; it was to test whether it was a dangerous diet. They lost six and three pounds, respectively, over the year and seemed perfectly healthy. No mineral or vitamin deficiencies were detected.
Over this next week, I’ll be tracking my caloric intake. If I need 2,400 cals/day to live, but I’m eating less, I should lose some weight. Unless my metabolic rate is slowing or I’m less active.
I’m happy to report that I’m not craving carbohydrates. At this point I could still walk past a Cinnabon store in the mall without difficulty. I could sit and watch someone else eat one. Overall, I think less about food than I normally would. I don’t feel hungry very often. It’s comforting to know that if I get hungry, I can eat something, if only a can of tuna or a couple hard-boiled eggs. Fairly often I’ll just eat two meals a day, plus a snack. And I’ve never been one to skip meals.
I can’t say that this or that physical condition is miraculously improved or cured. I just feel like my usual self. Energy level is fine. No more dizziness or aching as in the first week.