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The beer and ice cream diet

  1. Jun 29, 2005 #1
    I just found this on the web and thought i`d share...

    As we all know, it takes 1 calorie to heat 1 gram of water 1 degree centigrade. Translated into meaningful terms, this means that if you eat a very cold dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source, your body fat.
    For example, a dessert served and eaten at near 0 degrees C (32.2 deg. F) will in a short time be raised to the normal body temperature of 37 degrees C (98.6 deg. F). For each gram of dessert eaten, that process takes approximately 37 calories as stated above. The average dessert portion is 6 oz, or 168 grams. Therefore, by operation of thermodynamic law, 6,216 calories (1 cal./gm/deg. x 37 deg. x 168 gms) are extracted from body fat as the dessert's temperature is normalized. Allowing for the 1,200 latent calories in the dessert, the net calorie loss is approximately 5,000 calories.

    Obviously, the more cold dessert you eat,the better off you are and the faster you will lose weight, if that is your goal. This process works equally well when drinking very cold beer in frosted glasses. Each ounce of beer contains 16 latent calories, but extracts 1,036 calories (6,216 cal. per 6 oz. portion) in the temperature normalizing process. Thus the net calorie loss per ounce of beer is 1,020 calories. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to calculate that 12,240 calories (12 oz. x 1,020 cal./oz.) are extracted from the body in the process of drinking a can of beer.

    Frozen desserts, e.g., ice cream, are even more beneficial, since it takes 83 cal./gm to melt them (i.e., raise them to 0 deg. C) and an additional 37 cal./gm to further raise them to body temperature. The results here are really remarkable, and it beats running hands down.

    Unfortunately, for those who eat pizza as an excuse to drink beer, pizza (loaded with latent calories and served above body temperature) induces an opposite effect. But, thankfully, as the astute reader should have already reasoned, the obvious solution is to drink a lot of beer with pizza and follow up immediately with large bowls of ice cream.We could all be thin if we were to adhere religiously to a pizza, beer, and ice cream diet.

    Well i'm off to the pub for my tea!
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  3. Jun 29, 2005 #2
    there is a flaw in this reasoning. A 'food calorie' and 'heat calorie' are two different units, with 1 food calorie ~ 1000 heat calories (in most references I've seen).

    The net calorie loss from your ice cream example would therefore be 5 'food calories', a relatively insigificant amount compared to the total caloric intake for the average person.
  4. Jun 29, 2005 #3
    Not my reasoning but i`ll give you that.

    "For those who want some proof that physicists are human, the
    proof is in the idiocy of all the different units which they use for
    measuring energy."

    - R Feynman
  5. Jun 29, 2005 #4


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    True. A "food calorie" is actually a kilocalorie. You can't really expect common people to learn such long words and multiplicative prefixes ... no, that way they might end up learning some science ! :rolleyes:
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  6. Jun 29, 2005 #5


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    It would be great if it did work, i could drink cold rum and coke and not
    get fat.
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    Granted, most would become diabetics...
  8. Jun 29, 2005 #7


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    It isn't that "heat calories" and "food calories" are different units, it's that one calorie will raise 1 gram of water 1°C and one Calorie will raise 1000 grams of water 1°C. You can measure heat in Calories just as easily as you can in calories. With food we happen to use Calories.
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