Dietary Math

When you’re on a diet, you become obsessed with math. You have to count calories, grams of fat, carbs, and fibers while managing how much you can eat a day or per week. And sometimes, you do math for fun, just to figure out how many slices of of pizza your “ration” is.

So, I introduce my lunch one day last week, Smart Ones pizza bites!

Warning: Picture of food is not to scale!

I guess you can consider this a sad bastardization of Bagel Bites… or perhaps we are just meant to eat 4 anyway! Regardless, I was intrigued to figure out how much pizza I was actually eating. While yes, I know I could have easily consulted the internet, I wanted to see what results I could get doing in the old fashioned way. Not to mention, I couldn’t pass on a chance to use Pi!

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Geometry at its best during my lunch break.

So, here’s a rundown. Each “bagelette” had a diameter of 2.5 in. So the radius of each is 1.25. Area of a circle is (Pi)r^2, and there were four of them. So you come out with an area of 19.635 square inches. I made this total area 1 eighth of the total hypothetical pizza pie I ate (so one slice of an x inch pizza!) So total area of the pizza was 157.08 square inches. So now you work backwards, dividing that by Pi getting approximately 50, then taking the square root, closes is 7 (root of 49). 7 is equal to the radius so diameter of the pizza in question was 14 inches!

So My little bagel bites were equal to once slice of a standard large pizza! Yikes!

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