What if there was a diet for geeks, computer guys, engineers, and problem solvers?
What if it didn’t involve exercise, stupid fads, points, or eating food you hate?
What it was free?
What if it was real?
The Hacker’s Diet is a wonderful book written for fat, lazy, computer people who want to lose weight.
Maybe I shouldn’t use ‘lazy’ in that sentence. I mean lazy as in ‘don’t like to exercise’ not ‘have no will at all.’ Dieting is hard, and if you want to lose weight, you have to feel hungry. As unpleasant a thought as that is, that’s the truth.
But there are many degrees of difficulty. The Hacker’s Diet offers up a simple way to lose AT LEAST 1 lb per week with no exercise.
No buzzwords, no gimmicks, and no peach fuzz eating fads.
And no Richard Simmons!
Sound great? It is! Get used to the system, keep track of some numbers, and lose at least 52lbs each year without knowing it.
And it’s free. You don’t have to buy a book, a points system, or special food for it.
John Walker founded Autodesk, retired early, and doesn’t need your money. He spent most of his life being fat, and stayed that way until he approached the problem like an engineer.
Hacker, hack thyself.
He wrote a book about it, and it’s available free from his website. You can get it in printable pdf or in online chapters. He even maintains a cache of excel spreadsheets as tools for people to use in conjunction with the book.
Did I mention all of this is free?
And it’s written just for geeks, computer guys, and problem solvers. I highly recommend you read it, as the book is funny enough to be interesting and technical enough to let you extrapolate your own methods from it.
Yes, that’s right. You can come up with a system that’s best for you and lose as much weight as fast as you want.
How so? The gist of the diet is this:
You lose weight when you eat fewer calories than you burn.
There are 3500 calories in 1 lb of human fat.
Eat 500 calories a day fewer than you burn and you will lose 1 lb a week. (500 x 7 = 3500)
That’s it. Simple math.
Does it work? Hell yes.
The hardest thing about it? Being hungry.
But really, 500 calories less a day? That’s like not eating a double cheese burger at McDonalds.
The most annoying thing about it? Counting calories, but you get used to that in the first week or two.
There’s no specific time to eat, or certain foods to eat. You can eat whatever you want, but the foods you want might have more calories. Really want that piece of cake? No problem! Eat a smaller piece, or skip out on something later in the day.
There are no ‘carbs’ to watch, and it doesn’t care about saturated fats, oils, or whether food is fried, baked, or broiled. The Hacker’s Diet is really only about losing weight. The ‘being healthy’ part is up to you.
It all comes down to self discipline. And lets face it- if you need to lose weight, you’re lacking discipline.
Oh, sure, you might have fancy degrees and get paid lots of money, have become skilled in all manner of technical fields, and speak three languages.
But having discipline everywhere else does not change the lack of it in regards to weight.
I’m right there with ya, so don’t think I’m preaching. I love to eat, and ‘nom nom nom’ should be listed as a ‘favorite activity’ of mine. I don’t suffer from a sweet tooth, but meat and pasta and potatoes and cheese and chilli and steak and stew…
My point is, if you’re weak willed when confronted by a cake, or fall prey to pizza by the pound, all is not lost. The Hacker’s Diet has you sacrifice only 500 calories a day! Not only that, but it teaches you how to keep the weight from coming back.
The problem? It’s slow, and I’m impatient.
The solution? I can lose weight faster if I eat less per day, doing so in increments of 500 so it turns into even pounds instead of fractions. Hooray for simple math!