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Apr 27, 2009 12:23 AM

If I eat one pound of chocolate chips, can I only possibly gain one pound?

Does that stand to reason? :)

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  1. Not even a pound of weight. It takes 3500 excess calories to gain a pound. A pound of choc chips, or at least the semi-sweet chips I have, have around 2100 calories.

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    1. re: Sooeygun

      what sucks is when you gain weight after not eating anywhere near an excess of 3500 calories. I was on some weird diet plan thingie a few years back, where they weighed you three times a week, and it was a fairly calorie restricted diet to begin with, i'd say 1000-1200 per day tops. Between one weigh-in and the next, I ate a very small slice of apple pie I think it was...and somehow gained two pounds, which means that I guess it was a 7000 calories slice of pie, or more....because I was already eating less calories than my body needed for my ht/wt at the time. They gave me a little telling off , realistically, I probably just ate something salty the day before. What a place. Needless to say, I didn't stay with them long, also because they didn't know what couscous was XD

      1. re: im_nomad

        Weighing yourself more than once a day seems pretty pointless, as water weight can throw things off. Want to lose some weight before stepping on the scale? Go take a pee (or a poop)!

        1. re: im_nomad

          well, there's your problem, a 1000-1200 calorie diet leads the body to think you are starving and so your fat burning habits change.

        1. you will gain exactly one pound, until you poop.

          1. hehe okay thanks everyone.. It seemed that way, but I wanted to check out of curiousity. I mean a lb of chocolate chips is quite a bit, for someone to be worried about eating some.

            How this is "not about food" is beyond me though! :)

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            1. re: SocksManly

              Similarly, I wonder if there is a limit to the amount of food the body can digest at one time; like if I eat ten pounds of Fettuccine Alfredo, does the body just throw in the towel at some point and just pass through most of the matter without fully absorbing the available calories?

              1. re: Humbucker

                yes. you have only so many digestive enzymes/acid available at any one time. If you eat more than can be broken down in the stomach, it will pass through your intestines pretty much unharmed. This is also true, by and large, with incomplete mastication. exibitA: corn

                1. re: nkeane

                  uh, no. the fettucine will wallow around until it gets digested. it doesn't get a free pass.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    You'd probably throw up most of the pasta before it goes down your digestive tract.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      without getting too disgusting and graffic, I have seen evidence to the contrary.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Uh, yes. If fettuccine were a 100% efficient food (if it really did "wallow around until it gets digested"), there would be a lot of very happy backpackers, astronauts, and others who are concerned about maximizing calories while minimizing weight.

                        Fact is, no food hangs around waiting for digestion. It moves through the digestive system, and whatever's left when it reaches the end of that road is excreted without contributing any energy.

                2. Ask your butt and hips.