Oldskooler Ramblings

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The Secret

Posted by Trixter on January 6, 2006


There’s no big secret to weight loss. One of the revelations I took away from The Hacker’s Diet was that 3500 calories equals a pound. (Yes, I know nutritionists are having a conniption right now with that statement, but on average, across all types of food, that is a correct statement.) So how do you lose weight? Either take in less calories, or burn more than you take in. The Hacker’s Diet outlines a system where you can measure what you’re taking in, and then just subtract 3500 calories a week from what you ingest, et voila: You lose a pound a week.

I don’t have the patience for a complicated system, but Walker’s book was still an eye opener for me. How simple and dumb is it to lose weight? Well… simple and dumb. Just ingest less calories than you need, and your body will take the rest from fat. Duh.

The problem is how to ingest less without feeling hungry and crabby all the time. More on that later.

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2 Responses to “The Secret”

  1. […] I’m realistic about what works and what doesn’t, and I know that exercise is key to losing weight faster (not to mention, you know, living longer). And I love running; it’s not complicated, it clears my head, and I get to listen to my favorite music or podcasts. Yet I’m not exercising for the entire month of January. Why? Because I’m so heavy for my frame that my knees and back are giving me problems. So I have to lose weight first through dieting, and that’s what really sucks because it’s a waiting game. […]

  2. […] 4 pounds and 1% body fat improvement! It’s nice to see The Secret in action. Not bad for just one week, and that was without exercise. […]

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