One of my favorite perks of working at Apple is the delicious and fairly-priced food. I eat lunch and dinner at Caffé Mac almost every weekday, and I still haven’t grown tired of it. It offers enough variety to satisfy vegetarians (and even vegans). The only drawback is limited seating; I typically end up eating with a stranger and having an awkward conversation about how the weather in Texas is very different from the weather in the Bay Area. Once that topic is exhausted, we move on to backgrounds. You know how Harvard alumni avoid dropping the H-Bomb and instead say they went to school in Boston? Well, MIT / Stanford alumni at Apple aren’t as hesitant to expose their Alma mater. And let’s just say UT Austin isn’t as “respected” in California…
Nevertheless, the food at Caffé Mac is wonderful, maybe even too wonderful. I think my reliance on Caffé Mac has become unhealthy. Since I have such great food at work, I haven’t gone to the grocery store in weeks. This typically wouldn’t be an issue. However, not only do I not have a car, but the nearest Taco Bell is a 40 minute walk from my apartment. I’ve made the trek to Taco Bell several times before, but nowadays, it’s nearly as hot as it is in Texas during the day. For the last few weekends, I’m probably averaging one meal and one protein bar per day. The result — statistically significant weight loss from Friday to Monday:
Above is a graph of my weight measurements from different weeks while at Apple. Aside from this past week, I’ve been weighing myself ~4 times a week. I go to the gym around the same time each day, and I weigh myself immediately after each workout. So the weight measurements are fairly controlled. My weight slowly rises from Monday to Friday, and then drops all the gains over the weekend. I didn’t actually weigh myself on weekends; but my weight measurements the following Monday were always lower, presumably due to the decreased food intake over the weekend.
I notice two other interesting details from my weight measurements:
- The orange line that hits 161 on Tuesday was the week after I came back from China. Let’s just say it’s tough to order a vegetarian meal when you can’t properly communicate to the waiter, and you’re in China.
- “Fasting” seems like a remarkably good way to lose weight (or avoid gaining weight). I find it much more difficult to eat healthy food for every meal than to eat regularly, but skip a few meals. I wonder if the health concerns of fasting are neutralized by the potential weight loss.