Weight and being reasonable

3865888811_6f7334e7d8_bFor the last few months I’ve been trying a new diet.  It’s one I came up with myself, and I call it “Don’t be an idiot.” for short.  (The full name is “You sit in front of a computer all day, you don’t need to carboload, you idiot”)

The only rule of the diet: think about what it is you want to eat, then ask yourself three questions:

  1. Is this a reasonable thing to be eating, or is it insane?
  2. Is there something else that I could eat that would make me equally happy?
  3. Is there a way I can make this healthier that I’m okay with?

Does it work?  I don’t have any numbers, but I do know that I’m down two belt notches since starting, and I do feel better.  I’d estimate that I’m probably able to save myself 300-500 calories per meal just by doing little things (like saying “no melted cheese on top of my refried beans”), and, hopefully, those savings will add up over time.  And it sure seems a lot more enjoyable and sustainable (and sane) than “OMG low fat everything” followed by “OMG eat lots of fat and meat but no bread” followed by “OMG paleo” followed by “OMG only eat the hearts of living bunnies” followed by “OMG, just kidding, time for soylent”

Have you had any success with trying to just be sane in eating?

About the author Sam Hotchkiss

Sam currently leads development on the widely used Jetpack plugin at Automattic, he's started and run multiple successful companies, and enjoys taking photos when he gets the chance. When they're not traveling, Sam and his wife, Becky, live in beautiful New Mexico, where he passes the time by talking about himself in third person.

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  1. Throw some cardio in there and I bet you’ll see crazy results.

    Bunny heart diet works too.

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    1. Yep, we’re going to get out on the bike path more as soon as it starts warming up for the year – hoping for some warm spells in January!

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  2. I have gone down the path of the “OMG NO MORE FAT” diet and the “let’s scale back” diet. Ultimately, both worked….for some time. Then bad habits came back.

    The 300-500 calories a meal, rounding that up to say 700 calories a day, equates to roughly 5,000 calories a week. I have read so many things that said if you can cut 3,500 calories a week, with everything else equal, you will lose a pound. Of course, that comes off of a intake that was keeping your weight steady, if you were gaining, it would need to be more. But that 5k a week alone is 1.5 pounds a week….add in some metabolism boosts, as simple as a good 30 minute walk every day, and you get a nice weight loss along with a boost to your metabolism.

    Add in some cardio like dsmart mentions and you have a great recipe.

    The trick is to sustain something like that. Motivation, motivation, motivation.

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