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Use Basic Fat Math to Lose Extra Weight [Weight Loss]

Changing your diet entirely and signing up for a gym—starting tomorrow, you swear—probably won't work. Wired's How-To Wiki runs some math on what it really takes to lose permanent weight. The numbers are actually, well, encouraging.

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Nobody eats the same exact diet every day, but most days meet up with a fairly consistent average. Stick to that diet as closely as possible, and then use the math that The Hacker’s Diet author John Walker suggests:

  1. Multiply the pounds you want to lose by the number of calories in a pound of fat: 10 x 3,500 = 35,000.
  2. Divide the total by the days you’ll diet: 35,000 ÷ 60 = 583.
  3. Eat that many fewer calories each day.

The wiki post suggests other methods of using specific measures and time limits to drop pounds. The backbone to all the advice is fairly simple: find a way to gradually kill calories from your diet, and keep them out.

Done any helpful math on your own diet lately? Share your success in the comments.

Engineer Weight Loss [Wired How-To Wiki]

Distinguish Snacks from Treats for a Healthier Diet [Diet Hacks]

The best and worst thing about food is the variety, especially if you’re prone to copious amounts of snacking. To help keep your waistline in check and your taste buds content, distinguish your snacks from your treats.

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Forbes asked dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner to create a guideline on the dos and don’ts of healthy snacking. Among Dawn’s tips is to know the difference between what constitutes a snack and what classifies as a treat. As a quick rule of thumb, “a snack is nutritious and filling, [while] a treat is not.” Furthermore, “snacks should pack enough nutrition to provide energy so you don’t yearn for more and end up overeating.” As a guideline, try limiting your snacking to about twice a day and occasionally replace one of those snack times with a treat. Remember also to keep both snacks and treats between 150 to 200 calories.

Check out the full post for other snacking rules, and remember to avoid those food ads if you’d like to snack less. For some suggested snack ideas, check out this previously posted guide to 20 snacks that will fill you up and boost your productivity.

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