The Hacker’s Diet gives us two tools for bringing wayward eating under control. The first one is the little red dot that says your weight is trending upwards.
As you can see, i’ve been ignoring the red dots for too long now. When you ignore red dots, your daily deficit turns into a daily excess.Â A daily excess of 212 calories is equivalent to a (large) beer every day which is about what I have been having.
Luckily for me, today was the day I hit my peak weight and, I pledge, I will be back to a deficit within two weeks. Within a few short months I will weigh less than I have fror 20 years.
I’ve been paying a bit more attention to what I eat recently and, for the first time ever, I have started reading the nutrition labels to see how many calories there are in stuff I like.
The most surprising thing?
The things I like don’t have that many calories.
I don’t really like cookies or cakes or sweets or candies or pies or chips or any of the things that a) have lots of calories and b) most people struggle with when they are on a diet. Conversely, the things I like – even the things, like bacon, that are notoriously to be avoided when slimming – are not that bad.
So my bacon and egg fry up has less calories than your healthy bagel and that’s before you put your healthy cream cheese on it!
I have no interest in bread or noodles or rice. I only ever ate them out of some cultural obligation to society. One less teaspoon of sugar in my tea is no sacrifice (i tried going completely without…yuck!) and it earns me the right to my one calorific pleasure:
I don’t know why people think it is hard to lose weight. Just stop eating the stuff you don’t really like.