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The Beer and Ice Cream Diet

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The Beer and Ice Cream Diet

by Daniel Rogov » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:47 pm

Sent to me by one of my faithful correspondents, the source being the University of California at Berkeley who has borrowed it from the School of Physics at Sydney University. Impeccable resources indeed.

Beer and Ice Cream Diet

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.

Happy eating!


School of Physics, University of Sydney



P.S. With a bit of luck, when next I see this particular faithful correspondent, I will have a 357 Magnum strapped to my waist. 8)
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Re: The Beer and Ice Cream Diet

by Shlomo R » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:49 pm

Back in high school, between having an excellent physics teacher and a seeming innate understanding of physics, I had a very good time in what was, to many, a torturous class. The teacher has since gone on to become principal of Stuyvesant High School - one of the top high schools in NYC, and I have gone on to run my own engineering firm. To this day, however, I remember his constant insistence that we verify the use of the proper units of measurement. All in all, a very cute article. The fallacy is that food calories are actually kilocalories, while the calories required to change the temperature of the food are simply calories. :lol:
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Re: The Beer and Ice Cream Diet

by Daniel Rogov » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:32 pm

Excuse me sir.....Stuyvesant is not one of the best schools in New York. It is the best school. And Bronx Science be damned!!!! 8)

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Re: The Beer and Ice Cream Diet

by Shlomo R » Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:03 am

Good Sir,

I concede the point, and humbly apologize to all alumni of the best high school in New York City. :D
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