Posted on by Wess Foreman

salad.jpgDieting is not complicated: eat less calories than you can burn in a day and then repeat daily. Counting calories, though not very hard with all the prepackaged/properly labeled foods available, always seemed to me too much of a hassle to contemplate. I am now, however, counting calories with the best of them and loving every minute of it. It's the logical [aka nerdly] part of my brain that loves keeping track of numbers, and when I serindipitously stumbled upon "The Hacker's Diet" online book I was hooked. Here's the premise: eat less calories than you can burn in a day and then repeat daily . . . and keep track of it all . . . "Programmer, hack thyself."

Some people will not like this diet: there's no tricks or taboo foods or 8 step process. If you're the type of person who loves keeping track of things [as in experiment data], this diet will motivate you to keep going . . . because you're keeping track of yourself.

Side note: the salad pictured is what I had for lunch today - I was pretty proud of it because of the great food to calorie ratio and general enjoyment I had in eating it - here's how I made it:

  • create tortilla bowl in microwave [two minutes or so]

  • add lettuce

  • sauerkraut, 4 Tbls

  • a little salsa

  • homus

  • and top with yogurt

Yummy. And only 246 calories! [that's a pretty low calorie count]