Food and Dieting with the Ale Knights
It seems that a lot of people are dieting recently, trying everything
from an all-carbohydrate to an all-protein mix. We offer another
suggestion, one that has worked through the ages: the "Beer-Me" diet!
- FACT: A lite beer has between 70 and 100 calories, is almost all water,
and the part that isn't water is almost pure carbohydrates.
- FACT: The average diet recommends a daily caloric intake of 1,200
calories for women, 1,500 for men, if you want to lose the medically
safe two to three pounds a week. On the "Beer-Me diet, that equates to
at least 12 beverages a day for women, and 15 for men. A measurable
- FACT: The alcohol in beer is a diuretic, which causes the water to flush
out almost immediately, leading to a consistent workout regimen
including deep knee bends (getting out of the chair), fast walking (very
good for your heart) and squats (as the case may be).
- FACT: Drinking beer actually helps you sleep-even when you aren't
necessarily tired. All that added rest is certain to help any problems
you may have experienced in sleep deprivation, counting calories on
those other fad diets. In addition, you may experience the occasional
"How did I get here?" when you wake up, which always makes for lively
conversation, and possibly additional exercise if you have to sneak out
and run home.
- FACT: The "Beer-Me diet is good for your heart. After just one day of
consuming your required 12-15 beers, you will certainly want to consume
some aspirin, which is medically proven to help prevent heart attacks.
- FACT: On the "Beer-Me diet you can eat anything you want. The only
rule is that you cannot consume any food until you have consumed at
least half of the day's required beers. This way the food will probably
only stay in your body a short time, until you again exercise the deep
knee bends, quick walk and, this time, the "lean-over-and-hurl" stomach
- FACT: Beer drinking is often done in bars, where other forms of exercise
are common. Dancing, for example, is a good way to build up a thirst,
as is chasing members of the opposite sex. If you really want to
maximize your workout, try actually walking up to the bar, versus using
a waitress. To take this to the extreme, you could even get up and get
someone else a beer-perhaps someone who is newer to the diet plan than
- FACT: Beer is cheaper than Jenny Craig.
Based on these facts, let's run through a given scenario for diet
implementation. CAUTION: This is a weekend diet plan, and should be
attempted during the work week by only the staunchest of dieters.
- MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: Eat junk food, and basically be a slob.
- FRIDAY: Feeling "huge," swing by the liquor store and stock up. Go to
favorite place of beer drinking and begin the consumption process
(remember 12 for women, 15 for men).
- SATURDAY: Wake up (as required) and lounge around all day, feeling
slightly smaller after expunging any food that you may have accidentally
consumed (particularly if it involved beef jerky from 7-11). Take
aspirin. Notice that you have absolutely no interest in food, anyway.
- SATURDAY (p.m.): Restart cycle, noticing that your appetite has still
not returned. Perhaps only meet half of your consumption goal due to an
ongoing discussion with "the dog that bit you." This is a good thing,
as only half-consumption means less than 1,000 calories for the day, and
you still don't feel hungry.
- SUNDAY (a.m.): Wake up for mandatory sports day. This is a very
convenient diet during football season, but it can be successfully
implemented year-round. There is some major professional sport being
played every day of the year except the day before and the day after the
Major League All-Star game (FACT-look it up). Consumption on this day
should be paced to cover the entire day-you don't want to peak too soon.
Again you notice a lack of appetite, and are feeling thinner all the
time. Don't forget the aspirin.
- MONDAY: Return to work, feeling thinner, well rested, and surprisingly
mellow. Mark your log book, and begin preparation for the upcoming
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