Hacker's Diet

I recently read The Hacker’s Diet (via BoingBoing). It doesn’t have any surprising information or magical cures. We all know weight gain and loss is a function of calories in and calories out (hunger is a separate issue). What I like about the Hacker’s Diet is that it gives you great tools for measuring your weight, and allows you to track and forecast your progress somewhat scientifically.

I’ve been 185 lbs. for the last several years. Sometimes I’ll go up or down by five pounds, but on the whole I’ve been very stable in the mid 180s. I’m going to go ahead and give this diet a shot to see if I can get down to 165 — much closer to my “ideal body weight”. I’m not overly concerned about it or anything. I wouldn’t say that I struggle with my weight. It would just be nice to be a little thinner. Check back to see how it’s going. If I don’t mention it again, you can assume I’ve given up.

2 Responses to “Hacker's Diet”

  1. A Broken Thought » Hacker’s Diet Update Says:

    […] Last October I posted that I would give the Hacker’s Diet a try. It seems to have worked well. I lost about 20 lbs. in about 17 weeks which works out to 1.1 lbs per week (see the graph). My target was one pound per week. I’ve reached my target weight, so now I just need to try to maintain it (which means eating more than I have over the last several months!). […]

  2. a broken thought » Blog Archive » Hacker’s Diet: One Year Later Says:

    […] Thanks to a handy little reminder from ApeJet Delay Mail, here’s my one year update for the Hacker’s Diet.  Unsurprisingly, it’s still working.  I reached my goal weight and have been able to maintain it within a few pounds.  It’s just a matter of measuring your weight every day, calculating your trend weight, and adjusting how many calories you eat accordingly.  I’ve created a nice little graph, and here are some links to my previous posts on the topic. […]

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