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  • No, not pizza and cola. It's actually the title of a great book on weight loss/management by John Walker, the founder of Autodesk. It treats weight loss as an engineering problem -- a great lifehack.

    Best of all, it's free online: Hacker's Diet [].

    It was the centerpiece of my losing 50 lbs a couple years back.

    • Thank you, That looks like a very interesting read. I've downloaded the pdfs for purusal.

      For the next couple of weeks I'm going to focus on a small group of foodstuffs that I believe have assisted me in the development of my spare tyre - cola, a chain of fast foodchains I got in the habit of frequenting far too often in the morning, and BLTs from my local greasy spoon.

      Once I've dealt with the short term pangs associatted with those items, I'll be in a better position to focus on the remaining issues w
    • I missed an important paragraph
      Can I offer congratulations - 50lb sounds like a damn fine achievement.
      • Thank you. It really hit me how big a change it was when I was carrying home two 20lb bags of charcoal one day and thinking that they were really damn heavy and that I used to do that every day.

        Finding ways to cut out sugary beverages really helped me. For example, I used to drink a lot of orange juice. Losing a pound a week means taking in 500 calories less each day than your body burns. That's only two glasses of orange juice. (Or two cans of non-diet soda). Those little things between meals reall

  • The key is "enjoy". I tried bike riding and running, but I don't enjoy them, so any excuse would be enough to stop me. "It's raining", "It's too late", and so on.

    I love walking -- especially taking my dog for a walk -- but it's just not strenous enough.

    About nine months ago, I took the plunge and started at my kids' karate school. I love it. I'm in much better physical (and mental) shape, and the bonus is that I don't look for excuses. As a matter of fact, I hate missing class!

    So good luck in your s

    • I lost 115 lbs. between (late) January 2004 and (early) November 2004. When I gave blood recently, they turned me away because my blood pressure was too low (my Doctor says it's not a problem) and they always talk to me about my "Athletic" heart rate (generally 48-58). My primary exercise is walking.

      I think you have the key, do what you love, but this thing about it not being strenous enough is not really true. I admit that I've not seen your Karate classes, but I have watched my Daughter's Tae Kwon Do.

      • First of all, kudos to you. It sounds like you've found what you enjoy doing and it's very beneficial. Second, you did read the first part of that paragraph, right? Where I said, "I love walking"? :-)

        I'm not discounting walking -- it's fun and I still do it regularly -- and I agree with your reasons. What I said was, "it wasn't enough ", and I guess I should have added "for me".

        What I was trying to emphasize is to find what you enjoy and is the right level for you. In my opinion, light exercise done

        • Yeah, I agree...

          You know, everybody was asking me my "secret". It was frustrating, because they didn't believe me when I told them that it was eating less and exercising more, they wanted to know the REAL trick.

          After awhile, I told myself I wouldn't run around giving advice, because really, there is no advice to give. Everyone has to find it in themselves or it won't work at all.

          Getting involved in Karate with your kids sounds like a wonderful thing. When I got in shape, I thought of joining my Daughter'