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[pct-l] Re: Trail Food
In a message dated 11/5/01 4:00:09 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< I know you won't believe this, but calories aren't
always the issue, depending on what you eat. Most
people require 4-6k calories a day during a long
distance hike, but it's probably b/c our bodies are so
inefficient. How else do you explain the first all
raw thru hike this year, on a diet of less than 3k
calories per day? Most people said it couldn't be
done. I'm surprised that no one here has mentioned
the accomplishment yet. >>
I'm not sure this accomplishment was accomplished. Is there some
verification of this, anyone?
I can understand that raw food may be more efficient, and a stove and fuel
not carried may lighten the pack (and the calories needed to cover the
miles.) On the other hand, hot water makes rehydration of food easier.
Also, if you take five months or more to hike the trail, your calories per
day requirement is less than if you hike faster.
Still, weight lost or gained is the difference between calories burned and
calories taken in. A deficit of just 1000 calories per day will add up to
about 50 pounds of body weight lost on a 5-month hike. It seems likely that
the 3K calories carried on the trail was augmented by some "hunger reduction"
at frequent town stops. Did the hiker lose significant weight on his or her
Aside: I've also been told that women burn calories more efficiently than
men; i.e., they find it harder to lose weight, operating under the same
calory deficit. There seem to be other factors at work here. Any experts
out there, care to comment?