Intertemporal sushi substitution demand curves slope downward

Jaroslav Bobrowski knows a good deal when he sees one. Accordingly, an all-you-can-eat offer at one sushi restaurant is no longer available to him.

The triathlete follows a special diet in which he fasts for 20-hour periods. So when he does sit down for dinner, he tries to make up for lost time.

But after devouring a staggering 100 plates at the Running Sushi restaurant in Landshut, Germany, as part of its $26 buffet deal, the restaurant declared him persona non grata…

Depending on the serving, a piece of sushi contains, according to, an average of 40 to 50 calories. This means that Bobrowski could have consumed around 4,000 calories in the one sitting. Eater reported that he may have eaten as much as 18 pounds of sushi.

Bobrowski is 5’7″, weighs 174 pounds and has less than 10 percent body fat.

Here is the full story, via John Chamberlain.


As far as I can tell "Running Sushi" is just German for "Sushi Train" -- but it might also be the name of the particular restaurant (Germans like clear, obvious names).

But that's a pity, because otherwise the dude could have claimed that the place was, by definition, there to support his regimen.

I suppose "Japanischerunderfischeisenbahn" was already taken ?

Though "Japanischerunderfischförderband" offers a hint of word play with the idea of 'fördern,' in the sense of extracting maximum value from an all you can eat sushi buffet.

The problem with Japanischerunderfischeisenbahn is that only Java programmers would imagine that it is a clear, obvious name.

And they WouldCapitalizeItDifferently.

Using independent variable analysis, Laffer curve calculus shows that the inflection point of the marginal propensity to consume stochastically dominates the Lucas critique of the Arrow theorem. No wonder he ate all that sushi. This is a fascinating result.

Life imitates The Simpsons, though with a less satisfying ending for everyone involved: "...after seeing a television advertisement about The Frying Dutchman's all-you-can-eat offer, ... Homer quickly earns himself the ire of the Sea Captain, devouring nearly every morsel of food in the buffet, and is eventually forced to leave despite not being sated. Much to Marge's embarrassment, Homer sues the restaurant for deceptive advertisement. Lionel Hutz is employed by him to represent him in court and the case is successful after Hutz convinces the mostly overweight jury that a similar buffet mishap could befall them. To avoid further legal trouble, the Sea Captain and Homer eventually agree that Homer shall be displayed in the restaurant as 'Bottomless Pete: Nature's Cruelest Mistake' to draw in more customers to the restaurant and offset the cost of his eating." [Wikipedia:]

Lionel Hutz: Mrs. Simpson, what did you and your husband do after you were ejected from the restaurant?


Marge: We drove around until 3 AM looking for another all-you-can-eat fish restaurant.

Lionel Hutz: And when you couldn't find one?

Marge: We went... fishing.

"All you can eat" is a strange country.

I generally fast for 18-20 hours, mainly concentrating all my eating into a single meal. It makes eating clean relatively easier, because it's simpler to focus on one healthy meal a day than three. But you do eat a staggering amount, especially after a major workout.

I also tend to prefer eating more lean proteins, and less starches, so a typical meal consists of 2-3 lbs of meat. Naturally this makes eating at a restaurant, party or other venue hard to accomplish. Restaurants practically forbid you from ordering two entrees in a single sitting. To be fair the local all-you-can Korean BBQ has never declared me a persona non grata.

"It makes eating clean relatively easier"

"a typical meal consists of 2-3 lbs of meat"

Not what I expected.

Clean eating for an athlete typically involves a lot of meat.

Why? Because they are confused and don't understand how much protein they need?

Research says 0.8 g / pound, but most people round to 1 g / pound.

That's a fair amount.

Yeah, definitely. I'm about 190 lbs of lean mass, so really only need about 1.25 lbs of chicken breast or 1.6 lbs of salmon to max out muscular uptake.

However I'll eat about twice that, because there's basically zero downsides to eating more protein than needed. Meat tastes really good, produces an incredible amount of satiety, and crowds out sugars, starches and added fats from the diet.

As long as you're baseline healthy and eating a high quantity of fruits, vegetables and fiber, there's little to no health risk of eating an enormous quantity of meat in your diet. I consume little to no calories in the form of carbs outside whole fruits and vegetables. The only downside is the cost, but I'm wealthy enough where it's pretty much a non-factor.

For reference I'm in my 30s and have been on this diet since my teens. My lipids, blood pressure, plasma glucose, testosterone, aerobic capacity, upper/lower body strength, and body fat percentage are all around the 95th percentile in desirability for Americans my age.

I'm a disgusting borderline binge-eater and never have trouble ordering 2 or 3 entrees for myself (the only problem I ever had was at an Indian restaurant where the owner came out and shreiked "too much food for you!")

I seriously doubt the article is right about the 18 lbs of food claim. That would put him at the very top level in the professional eating circuit (stomach capacity tops out in the low or mid teens of pounds) , though it's not stated how long he spends on his meal.

For reference, 9 pounds of sushi would be about 4000 calories. I personally will not eat more than around 8 pounds in one meal; I'm no pro.

In an amazing demonstration of precog, this event was famously documented by John Pinette.

I’ll never forgive John Pinette for ruining what would have otherwise been a great series finale for Seinfeld.

Sorry, no. That episode was ruined the moment it was written.

The guy got a raw deal.

5'7'' and 174 lb is pretty big for a triathlete. I'm not surprised he can eat a 4000 calorie meal.

I have certainly eaten 4000 calorie-meals after a large workout. 100-plus mile bike rides get estimated at 6000 calories? So that turns out to be a calorie-negative day.

And Doug: I'm glad your all you can eat Korean BBQ place accommodates you. Fortunately for you and the restaurant, beef short ribs are cheaper than sushi grade fish, and instead of the chefs rolling you sushi, they bring you the meat to grill for yourself.

6000 calories from cycling a hundred miles? Maybe if you are a big guy going Tour De France speeds.

sumbody oughta check his serum mercury level

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