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Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, & Fast Food

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Unless you purposely avoid the news and have done so for approximately the past 30 years, you know that Warren Buffett is one of the world’s richest and most successful businessmen.  Esteemed by many, Buffett’s habits and methodologies are studied to the near point of piety.  The internet is flooded with articles and videos studying Buffett’s skills and behaviors in an attempt to somehow harness a similar prosperity.  In my world, characterized by grams of complex carbohydrates and liters of water, I just want to know

What does Warren Buffett eat?

Surely a man with a mind as astute as his consumes a diet with the highest of standards.  For the past 54 years, Warren Buffett makes the same five-minute commute to his office every day.  And every day he stops at McDonald’s for breakfast.


Wait, every day before work Warren Buffett eats McDonald’s?

That’s right, the Oracle of Omaha stops at good ol’ Mickey D’s on the regular.  In the HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett, the billionaire shows us some of his in-between moments.  One of those moments being a trip to McDonald’s.  And, true to form, Buffett spends a painstakingly specific amount of money on his breakfast…depending on the stock market.

“I say either $2.61, $2.95, or $3.17…and that determines which of the three breakfasts I get,” Buffett explains.  “When I’m not feeling so prosperous I might go with a 2.61, which is two sausage patties, and then I put ’em together and I pour myself a Coke.  3.17 is a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit but the market’s down this morning, so I think I’ll pass up the 3.17 and go with the 2.95.”


There may be nothing remarkable about this, sure.  Or this could be one of the most counter-intuitive habits you’d predict one of earth’s most successful human beings might practice.  This goes against nearly all health and fitness conventions.  Fast food is demonized by health gurus and medical professionals worldwide, and for good reason.  Here are the ingredients and nutritional values for the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit:

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Nutritional Facts


If these stats are like a foreign language to you, I will summarize: this is a high-fat, high-cholesterol, non-nutrient-dense stack of calories.

Wait, I can explain

I can explain why this works for Buffett.  I once asked my calculus tutor what he did to prepare himself on the day of a big test.  He explained to me that he would sit somewhere quiet and eat slices of butter with bread.  Buffett’s brain, like most big thinkers, loves carbs and fats.  The brain is composed of 60% fat and hogs up nearly 20% of the entire body’s metabolic activity.  The brain is a work horse that needs calories, even if those calories come in the form of a decadent breakfast sandwich.

Trump’s “very good brain”

Say what you will about Donald Trump, he has amassed a large amount of success.  Though he is not widely considered a man of unrivaled intelligence, he never stops working, damn the facts.  In an article by Axios, Trump aides reveal his unsavory health habits.  Among Trump’s alternative health food choices are Lay’s potato chips, vanilla-flavored Keebler Vienna Fingers, Oreos (until they moved their factories to Mexico), plenty of red-meat, and Diet Coke.  According to one aide who spent a considerable amount of time around the Donald during his campaign, he frequently had Big Macs served to him on a silver platter.


The return on Trump’s investment

Trump has an incredible work ethic.  Many people say that he hardly sleeps.  The man is a workaholic with a drive that seems to have no end, regardless of the opposition and haters.  Considering his high-fat and high-simple sugar diet, it is apparent that he is utilizing these consumed calories bigly.  His lack of adherence to government dietary guidelines seem to work in his favor.  Oh, the irony.

The takeaway

An active brain devours calories.  From personal experience, my mental acuity is directly and noticeably effected by my diet, especially if I exercise hard.  I require more sleep and far more calories than the average person to feed my hungry muscles and hard working brain.  If I compromise my diet in any way, I notice a mental fatigue.  Buffett and Trump are not your typical human beings, in more ways than one.  Their ill-advised eating habits do not impede their work habits.  In fact, they may be the fuel for their success.  I shall continue to recommend that one follows medically researched nutritional guidelines even though Buffett and Trump are not suffering health issues without them, at least for now.


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