Lettuce could make you fat

I found out today that my daughter is as big as me. My 12-year-old daughter is about to surpass me in size, which is as weird as it gets. Turns out that all the pigging out she did while her indulgent dad was visiting caused her to gain 11 pounds. Yessirree, 11 pounds. If you do the math, that’s 3500 x 11= 38,500 excess calories. Add in about 20,000 for the base calories of the time her dad was visiting (2,000/day x 10 days), and she would technically have had to eat 58,500 calories over a 10-day period, or 5,850 per day.

Well, I went to NutritionData.com, just to see what could make up 5,850 calories. That’s about equal to:

  • 50 small ribs (yield from 5 lb of raw meat), which also yields about 500 grams of fat!
  • 15.5 cups of chocolate ice cream
  • 12-13 PB&J sandwiches (loaded)
  • 23 medium-sized donuts
  • 12 pineapples
  • 4 coconuts
  • 100+ heads of green leaf lettuce

These are all PER DAY! I don’t know what she ate, honestly, but it’s crazy to comprehend. She knows how to eat healthy, but she got a rude awakening today. Now it’s my job to make sure she learns her lesson about pigging out and manages to simply maintain or lose. I don’t want her to have an eating disorder like me. Regardless, this was a great opportunity to talk about insulin, glycemic index, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and the like.


3 thoughts on “Lettuce could make you fat

  1. You are of course right. Please forgive the arrogance of my reply. It is just hard to fathod how one little girl could pack on that much extra weight in such a short period of time.

    Blessings on you and yours
    Johnb Wilder

  2. It is unlikely that she gained all 11 pounds from eating junky food in such a short period of time. She could have a pre pariod water weight gain. She could have an imbalance causing her to retain water. She could be going through a growth spurt. 3 or 4 pounds in 10 days is possible but that is a serious amount of eating to gain it all from junky food.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

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