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Creativity needs its fuel, so whenever Anomie Train gets bogged down in the creative process, they take a break to replenish their energies. Needless to say, they take a lot of breaks. Some times a refreshing glass of grape juice is in order. Other times more serious nourishment is required. But one thing is clear--Anomie Train eats just about anything.

The band is sure that most fellow Losertownians share their love of eating, so they hope to post their thoughts on any foods they might come across. In the past there has been a concentration on packaged foods, but hopefully there will be more of a focus in the future on finding good tasting, healthy foods to eat, and even to share what the band likes to cook for themselves in the Losertown kitchen.

One thing for sure is that sitting around the studio drinking beer and eating donuts does not have a positive effect on weight, so here's a little app--the Losertown Calorie Maintenance Calculator (if you're using your phone, bookmark the mobile version!), to help you figure out your daily calorie needs. The formula for figuring out your resting metabolic rate (RMR) uses the formula derived by Mifflin, St. Jeor, Scott, Daugherty and Koh. Go ahead and try it!

When you see the resulting table, it makes it seem easy to lose weight--if you keep a deficit of 100 calories every day, you'll eventually lose weight over time. But the reverse is also true--if you eat an excess of 100 calories a day (something as simple as a pat of butter), you'll easily gain 10 pounds a year without realizing it. The real trick is to keep that deficit. Incorporating exercise--even if it's simply taking a 30 minute walk a day--really goes a long way.

Please remember--this is not a scientific tool. It's meant to serve as a guide to help people maintain a target weight, because as you get older, a lot of people slowly gain weight. It's also true that many elderly people slowly lose weight because they don't realize they are not eating enough. So, if you put in crazy, extreme values, you'll end up with nonsensical results. If you put in a daily target of only 50 calories a day, sure, the chart will show zero weight as well as negative values. But the truth is, a person would be long dead before that. Always lose weight safely, folks! To paraphrase Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales, "Dyin' ain't much of a diet, kid!"