I was just reading this article in the Washington Post about a morbidly obese guy and was stopped short by this little statistic:
Since Keitz was 18 (he is 39 now) and 250 pounds, he has gained 375 pounds, or 1,312,500 calories. That’s 62,500 calories per year, or 171 per day.
Just 171 calories a day?
That’s roughly equivalent to going to McDonald’s and ordering a double cheeseburger (460 calories) instead of a cheeseburger (310). Or a quarter pounder (420) instead of a hamburger (260). Or large fries (520) instead of medium fries (350). Or a large Coke (32 ounces, 310 calories) instead of a small Coke (16 ounces, 150 calories).
Before you know it, you are supersized.
Wow, 171 calories a day for twenty years and you’ll have to use your own shoulder fat as a pillow.
Since I drink approx 30 ounces of diet coke per day, and have for six years, that means if diet coke hadn’t been invented I’d be 337 pounds instead of 155 — I’m 5’8”.
I actually did gain and lose about 30 pounds about six years ago largely due to my consumption of regular soda -> going to London for four months where the soda was always warm, forcing me into water or beer -> and upon returning home immediately switching to diet drinks only. I take a near-zero liquid calorie approach pretty seriously, I only drink juice in the tiniest of glasses, and treat calories like currency, spending them wisely.