Why is Subway’s Flatbread Length a Mistery? Is it 6″ or 12″?

You would think finding out if the flatbread has more calories than other options like wheat would be a very simple matter, right? I mean, just go to Subway’s website and click on the nutritional information link and check. How hard could that be?

Well, its more difficult than you think. First thing you notice is that all the subs on the chart mention their length (6″ verse 12″) EXCEPT the flatbread ones. No big deal, just click on breads and compare them there, right? Wrong!

On the breads, just like the subs, all are listed with the length EXCEPT flatbread. Six inch wheat has 210 calories but flatbread is listed as 220 calories. So is that for 12″ flatbread or 6″ flatbread? Hmmm… maybe we can figure this out by compairing the calories on the subs.

The 6″ ham on wheat without cheeese is 290 calories. It says explicitly that it is “without cheese”. So lets compare to the Ham on Flatbread – 300 calories. Ah, it must be for the 6″right? Wait… it doesn’t say without cheese. AND there is a footnote that all subs are listed WITH cheese EXCEPT the 6 grams of fat or less subs or otherwise noted. Ham on flatbread is 7 grams of fat.

Well – clearly if the Ham on Flatbread is 300 calories WITH cheese and the 6″ ham on wheat is 290 calories without cheese, then the 300 calories COULD be for the 12 inches, right? WRONG!

The ham on flatbread does NOT include cheese despite the website indicating that it does and I was able to confirm this from Subway’s twitter stream (@subwayfreashbuzz) – the flatbread is 220 calories for the 6″ length and is 10 calories more than wheat.

Why is this so difficult? I don’t know but the confussion has caused a lot of people to miscount their calories for the day by the hundreds. And when food journaling seems to be the only working method to lose weight for a lot of people, that is huge.

The final word here – if the calories seem to few to be true – don’t trust ’em! You ARE eating more than you think – better to over esteemate than under!

PS – you aren’t burning as many calories exercising as you think either – but that is another post for another day…

Five Ways [for Men] to Block a Binge

This morning a read Six Ways to Block a Binge (an excellent post), by the ladies over at Does This Blog Make Us Look Fat. Its great information, but a little on the touchy-feely side for me.

I recently when through a week and a half of self destructive behavior that included a lot of binge eating (I gained 8 pounds!) So after reading this mornings post, I thought, “what should we men do to stop a binge?”

Here are a few of my ideas in no particular order:

1. Find a DIFFERENT self-deprecating habit

Take that however you want – but my point is REPLACE the urge to binge with something else.  Have you ever heard that when you want to not think about something, you can’t just stop thinking about it, instead you have to think about anything else? Its the same principle.

For example, If you like to smoke cigars, next time you want to binge eat, grab a cigar and head into the back yard instead. I imagine this DOESN’T work for drinking since you would still be getting the calories and even require a bit of binge eating just to soak up the alcohol.

The main goal is to get past the moment – like the ladies stated in their post, binges really are about the moment, not the food.

2. Get out of the house

Binges don’t usually happen while you are at work or even out to eat with friends.  They usually happen at home near the fridge.  Go for a run, drive to the gun shop, go play golf, whatever it takes to remove yourself from the proximity of accessible calories and privacy of the house.

3. Call up a friend

There are support groups out there like Weight Watchers but lets be honest – those options are usually all women that want to talk about their feelings.  Find a good buddy that understands you are trying to lose weight and ask him if he can be your life line.

When you are in the middle of binge thinking, call him up.  You don’t have to talk about “why you feel like eating…” just a simple “hey man, I want to eat, lets argue politics instead…” or whatever helps get you through the moment.

4. Get angry and break something

We are MEN – our primal desires are to kill something, eat it, then have sex, and get some sleep.  Feed the desire to kill something instead of feeding your face.  Get that old box from the garage that you keep bumping into everytime you get out of your car – and beat the crap out of it.  Throw it into the driveway, take a baseball bat and beat it to a pulp, then angrily pick up the pieces and shove them into the trash.  If nothing else, you will entertain your neighbors, who will think you are having a total melt down, and you will never bump into the box again.

If you have a punching bag in your garage, that might work too… I don’t.

5. Remind yourself of your goals

The ladies mentioned this in their post – using your mind to get through.  To quote them, “Binges are not rational”.  I’m with them on this one.  I don’t want to slip back into the old me – I have lost over 30lbs and I still have over a 100 to go.  I want to lose the weight, I want to be healthier, I want to live longer.  I do not want to slip back into the 300lbs version of me that just “accepts” the fact the he will always be fat.

Anyway, those are a few of my ideas – I would love to hear others in case these don’t get me though that next binge moment, so please leave me a comment with your ideas…

The No “S” Diet

I came across this today ( and found it to be entertaining if nothing else.  The premise is No Snacks, No Sweets, No Seconds. (get it – No “S”…).  Admittedly I thought of something else when I saw the title that involved a four letter word – which after reading more, I think still fits.

For the most part, this is what I have been doing since the beginning of the month (June, 2010).  I plan to read more from the site – I found the authors candor to be very refreshing.

My favorite quote from his page so far:

Is there any scientific evidence that this diet works?

Absolutely none. But I’m not aware that I have any competition in this regard.