This is Part III of a series of posts. Other posts in this series:
We need to start with the end in mind. We are dieting to lose weight, so we need to decide on a target weight and a target date. I suggest avoiding “weight loss sprints” and trying to improve slowly over time. For my weight loss goal, I wanted to weigh 72kg which meant a loss of 8.6kg (from a start weight of 80.6kg). I gave myself 8 months for this goal. This is roughly 1kg/month. It’s possible to lose weight at greater speeds, but it’s also very likely to fail and not be able to catch up, if you set a faster weight loss expectation. A slow pace means you can fail and still get back up on track instead of giving up.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://amir.rachum.com/blog/2016/09/27/the-chubby-programmer-diet-part-iii-eating/