The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Interesting Diet Edition

After visiting my physician, I’ve decided to give the Volumetrics weight loss plan a shot. It was recommended both by my physician and by various reports that I read as a truly healthy way to lose weight. I’ve never actually tried a weight loss plan before, but it seems to be a mix of light to moderate exercise (which I don’t mind, especially playing DDR) and some reasonable limits on home food preparation, like I already do. Why am I looking at losing weight? Speaking engagements, perhaps…?

Cheap Ways To Learn And Feed Your Brain I actually find that listening to free mp3s of lectures from universities that have put their lecture notes online to be quite engaging. (@ the digerati life)

Considering Changes To How I Calculate My Net Worth How exactly should one make the calculations? It’s an ongoing debate. Right now, I’m strongly considering eliminating all depreciating assets (basically everything that’s not real estate, cash, or an investment) from my assets. Since I’m effectively rebooting anyway in July with this home purchase, I may start calculating it that way at that point. (@ my money blog)

The New Graduate’s Guide To Financial Freedom Three great things every graduate should do. A fourth: don’t feel you have to immediately find the job – allow yourself time to breathe, grow, and wander a little. (@ get rich slowly)

Mom and Dad, Your Financial Decisions Matter This basically sums up why the birth of my son kicked my financial decision making into high gear. (@ wise bread)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Twenty Three Ways To Improve Your Finances This Weekend A very nice checklist of things you can do this weekend to improve your financial situation.

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  1. guinness416 says:

    Weight loss is easy to get your head round – one lb in weight equates to 3500 calories. So to lose a pound in two weeks, for example, you would need a caloric deficit of 250 calories per day – which can be gotten at either by consuming less calories or by working off extra calories. But you need to know how many calories you’re generally getting per day. Good luck!

  2. Allison says:

    I am not familiar with most diet books out there, but please consider cutting out all white flour, white rice, and high fructose corn syrup, as well as most white pasta and potatoes that aren’t sweet potatoes. Reducing your glycemic load is one of the most important things you can do, but the USDA pyramid gets it all wrong. Get creative with your whole grains!

  3. 60 in 3 says:

    Trent, when you think about it, weight loss is very much like finances. Except that in weight loss, it’s good to spend more than you save. You don’t need a fancy diet plan. Just do the same thing with your eating that you do with your money. Analyze what you eat and how much it helps or hurts your nutritional finances. Figure out ways to cut back on some things. In the end, it’s all a numbers game. You’ve even got the equivalent of investments in health in the form of muscles. Spend some time building up your muscles through exercise and you’ll spend more calories.

    If you’re interested, I’m running a series of articles on my blog on how to break down your daily eating so you can learn from it. This is very similar to your original advice on personal finance. Break it all down so you can see where you’re spending, where you’re saving and where the problems are.

    Would also be happy to help if you want to contact me via email.

  4. Trent says:

    Allison – that’s basically the stuff that Volumetrics says to cut or at least seriously trim down. I ate a bran muffin with dried cherries in it for breakfast today, actually.

  5. Jeff says:

    Hey Trent,

    I’m so happy I found my way to your website. I’m slowly making my way through the entire site. Please keep up the great work. Regarding this fat loss thing. I’m guessing that’s really what you’re after. Funny how people never call it that. Since you’re an avid reader and look to have solid answers to all your questions I’d like to ask that you take a look at “The Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordain. I’m a late 40′s competitive endurance athlete…and I live by “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” also by Cordain. If you’re really into watching your food budget just like your other budgets this is the most healthy, budget conscious way of eating out there.

  6. Marcus Murphy says:

    While the book “Eat Right 4 Your Type” is flawed in many regards, it does hit a major point that many people do not take into consideration with their diets. Your blood type, and more specifically your genetic makeup and metabolism, determines what your blood metabolises well and assimilates into your system. Your body will usually react with signals to which foods your blood can not metabolise well. Have you ever got really tired after eating a meal? Your body has to divert extra enzymes and energy from the metabolic processes to aid in digestion because your body will not be able to process this food with great efficieny. While it can be expensive, it can greatly improve your quality of life to get your blood extensively tested for food allergies, i.e. foods that in can not metabolise well. Good luck in your endeavors of weight management. =)

  7. Hi Trent,
    I’m also trying to lose some weight myself. Just an extra 20 lbs or so. Regular exercise and watching what you eat (more important than how much you eat) should make a dent. I’ve had a struggle with my health the last couple of years and perhaps one day I’ll share how I’ve worked through it. I’ve learned so much in the process of trying to care for my health holistically.

  8. Monica says:

    I am trying the No S Diet. No sweets, snacks or seconds… except on S Days sometimes. (S days are Saturdays, Sundays and “special” days.) Basically it’s just eating three square meals a day with no snacking or desserts, with a few treats allowed on the weekend. I think it makes a lot of sense, doesn’t require special food, doesn’t require me to count anything, doesn’t broadcast to the world that I’m on a diet, etc.

  9. Mardee says:

    Actually, the Volumetrics plan is one of the very few that is recommended by the Center for Science in the Public Interest ( as being not only healthy and also easy to sustain. It’s a great idea – the problem with other plans is that your body starts to feel deprived after a while and forces your brain to increase your appetite, therefore creating a vicious cycle. Volumetrics, on the other hand, tricks the body and the brain and allows you to feel sated with healthy food.

  10. Carol says:

    What is DDR?

  11. Marcus Murphy says:

    “What is DDR?

    Carol @ 1:16 pm June 21st, 2007″

    Dance Dance Revolution (a dancing video game).

  12. m360 says:

    2000 calories a day is far from universal. We all need a different ammount. This is the basic formula used to calculate what each individual needs in a day.

    1. Basal Metabolism:

    a. Change your body weight from pounds to kilograms: devide wt in lbs by 2.2
    Weight(KG) X 24 hours

    b. multiply wt in kg by 24 (hours)

    c. females subtract 10% from this number

    2. External work: sleep + activity = 24

    a. multiply: 0.1 X weight(kg) X hours slept

    b. subtract this number from the answer to #1

    c. Determine hrs. spent doing light activity (sitting, watching tv, @ the computer…)

    multiply the hrs x KG x 0.6

    d. determine hrs spent in physical exertion (brisk walking, yard/house work, sports, dancing, etc.)

    e. add c and d

    multiply hrs x kg x 1.2

    sleep, light, and heavy activity should = 24 hrs

    4. Now, add the final # from 2 and 3

    5. multiply this # by 0.6 (thermogenic effect of food)

    6. add the total from #4 and #5. This is a pretty accurate representation of your caloric needs for 1 day.

  13. m360 says:

    something got messed up there. Here’s the correct equation.

    round everything up as you go along. Use your body weight in KG for wt and kg.

    1. change wt from lbs to kg

    multiply 0.1 calorie x wt (kg) x 24 hrs

    subtract 10% if you are female

    This is your basal metabolic index

    2. figur out how many hrs are spent sleeping and doing light and heavy physical activity to equal 24 hrs.

    sleep- 0.1 x kg x hrs. slept
    subtract this from #1, this is adjusted for sleep

    3. multiply activity:


    hrs x kg x 0.6


    hrs x kg x 1.2

    add these together .

    4. add the total in #2 and #3 together (subtotal)

    5. multiply the total in #4 by 0.06

    6. add the numbers from #4 and #5 to get the aprox cal. needs for 1 day.

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