A pal of mine and I are training for a half-marathon in September. At a 4th of July party this weekend she informed me that she was going to go nuts and eat anything and everything she wanted because (heres the argument): the human body can only absorb so much fat/calories and after that it just gets rid of the rest so if you are going to eat unhealthy, or blow a diet, you might as well go hog-wild, because your body will only absorb so much of it and the rest won't affect the body. I disagreed and said that this is exactly why people become overweight: they eat more calories than the body can burn and the body doesn't "get rid" of it...it stores it. Am I wrong? My husband said that he had heard the same thing from someone. I'll turn it over to the messageboard and the vast amount of bizarre knowledge everyone here seems to have.