Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Hacker's Diet

Simple mathematics to weight loss? The bright minds at Wired have it all figured out.

  1. Multiply the amount of pounds you want to lose by the number of calories in a pound of fat (3,500)
  2. Divide by the number of days over which you want to lose the weight.
  3. The resulting number is how many fewer calories you must consume.

30 pounds over 1 year:
30 pounds * 3,500 calories = 105000 calories
Decrease 105000 calories over 365 days = 288 fewer calories per day.

That's about three cookies or eight crackers. A bagel. A candy bar. It's doing without one treat that you'd normally have anyway. And that's not counting increase in exercise. Pretty reasonable.

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