The only way I can explain my weight loss is this: I no longer stop at Carl’s Jr. on my way to work for a breakfast hamburger, hash brown nuggets and a Coke. The Breakfast Burger is a charbroiled all-beef patty, fried egg, crisp bacon, American cheese, hash brown nuggets and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. Living in San Diego County and frequenting the drive-thru at Carl’s Jr. most days of the week, I was always confused why the Breakfast Burger featured the hash brown nuggets smashed within the bun of the sandwich as the Value Meal comes with a side order of those crispy golden nickels. The burger certainly didn’t need the deep-fried potatoes for extra nutritional value: the sandwich provides 830 calories and 47 grams of fat.
Simple math illustrates my contention that I’m losing weight by simply eliminating the Carl’s Jr. Breakfast Burger from my diet. If I ate 300 of the burgers last year (a conservative estimate), then the sandwich accounted for 24,900 calories ingested. A pound of fat stores approximately 3500 calories. Therefore, eliminating the (delicious and addictive) Breakfast Burger from my diet equates to (24,900 ÷ 3500) dropping 71 pounds! And that doesn’t even include the calories I miss from forfeiting 300 side orders of hash brown nuggets. Realize I have to eat something first thing in the morning, but imagine that I consume a decent breakfast of 500 calories daily. Again, simple arithmetic shows that such a (surely boring and unappetizing) meal equates, over 300 days, to 43 pounds, or 28 fewer pounds than the (delightful) Breakfast Burger breakfast. I might meet my weight loss goal simply by avoiding Carl’s Jr., which thankfully has no franchising plans for Kabul.