Counting Calories: At A Wedding

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Lets be honest, when it comes to weddings, we all indulge.  Whether its the food, the drinks, or the music, I tend to let go of most of my daily inhibitions and just enjoy the moment. I always eat too much, drink more than I plan, and sweat way more than most on the dance floor.  And after each and every wedding I think to myself..just how many calories did I consume at that wedding? Well, it is no longer a mystery! Thanks to Diem and Steven last weekend, their wedding served as the perfect opportunity to put this all to the test. 

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Here is how it went down.  First I put on my heart monitor to record how many calories I burn through during the wedding.  I'm also curious how much my heart rate will change throughout the night as the shenanigans progress. Second, I convinced my lovely soon-to-be FiFi Jessica to clean out her purse so we could sneak my food weight scale to measure the quantities of each and every food/drink item served. No doubt, I got some eyes from all parties during the reception.  I imagine looking curiously at a champagne filled glass might warrant that reaction.  But, I persisted and next came the results. 

  

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First of all, some context..I typically consume about 2800-3000 calories per day for my average diet.  For this experiment, I did not place myself on any restrictions and treated this wedding as I would any other wedding.  That means I was usually eating or drinking just about anything put in front of me.  


We spent about 5 hours at reception, and between food and drinks, I consumed 2,246 calories.  

 

Macros: 59.6g Fat/191.9g Carbs/67.1g Protein

 

I have a few takeaways from this experiment.  My first reaction is that drinking, specifically dark liquor, has more calories than I imagined.  Just 1 ounce of whiskey typically has about 64 empty calories (meaning there are no fats/carbs/proteins).  For some reason, I didn't think liquor really had any caloric make up.  

 

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Another takeaway is that I burn up a lot of calories just by dancing.   My average heart rate during the festivities was 95 bpm, which is about 25 bpms higher than my resting rate. 

 

I must go pretty hard while dancing.  My heart rate jumped up to 150 bpms a few times.  No wonder I was sweating pretty bad throughout the night.  Steven and Diem hired a band for their wedding they played some great hits that got everyone, even Steven's mom out shaking that thang on the dance floor. 

 

Surprisingly, I burned 1523 calories throughout the 5 hours we spent at the reception.  I think my elevated heart rate was mostly because of the dancing, but when I drink my heart rate also tends to increase.  In the end, it made me feel a little better about consuming over 2200 calories in just one sitting.

 

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So Steven and Diem served traditional American food.  The evening started with an Avocado Tuna Tower.  The main course was a duo platter of steak and salmon complimented by whipped potatoes, asparagus, and carrots.  I couldn't help myself, I also had 2 dinner rolls without butter. Finally came the cake, which was delicious. Towards the end of the night, late night snacks were served: French fries and mini milk shakes.  Everything was delicious, definitely cleaned my plate each and every time. 

 

Overall, my biggest takeaway from the experiment was this: Alcohol makes you eat way more than you should.  Not only did I indulge in the lake night snacks, but Jess and I made a trip to Jack in the Box on our way home from the wedding.  I did not include these calories in the 2200+ I mentioned earlier. 

 

This is where I get into trouble.  From Jack in the Box, I ate a taco, egg roll, a few onion rings, and a half order of curly fries. In all, these items totaled 800 calories..and I could of eaten more.  

 

These nights are not typical for me, but they happen on nights where drinking is involved.  Now that I know the true food affects of my actions at a wedding, I wonder how other aspects of my diet change depending on the circumstances.  I foresee a few more of these experiments on the horizon. 

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Congratulations Diem and Steven! Everyone had a blast! If you enjoyed this experiment, please like and subscribe below! Also leave me a comment if you would like to see me do this experiment in other scenarios.  Thanks!!