The No S Diet

August 2, 2008

While looking around the Internet, I came across a great site written by librarian turned programmer, Reinhard Engels called Everyday Systems. He’s best known for his diet meme, The No S Diet, which can be summarized in 14 words as follows:

  1. No Sweets
  2. No Snacks
  3. No Seconds
  4. Except Sometimes on days that begin with S

He doesn’t really talk about what kinds of food you should eat, just portion control, with the No Stacking rule.  In other words, you can only have one plate of food at a meal, and you can’t stack things on your plate to get extra.

This is the type of diet advice that even my grandmother could understand and adhere to. It aims to bring us back to our culturally determined, normal meal patterns.  There’s nothing to buy, and even a bulletin board on his site for you to get advice. He did write a book called The No S Diet: The Strikingly Simple Weight-Loss Strategy That Has Dieters Raving–and Dropping Pounds, but between his site and the support out there on his message board you probably wouldn’t need it unless you are having problems getting to a normal pattern of intake.

Mr. Engels has put together a few other systems worth taking a look at.  One is called Glass Ceiling and entails having a moderate amount of alcohol as your maximum daily intake. Others include ideas for not spending too much time surfing the web, and working out with a sledgehammer at home.  I’m not joking, besides the No S Diet, he’s probably best known for his Shovelglove.

While it’s only codified common sense, it has been a kick in the pants to a number of people, and has them going in the right direction: portion control, good habit formation, moderation, flexibility, and accountability. The founder is adamant that to make progress, a regular exercise program should be maintained. Food choices and serving sizes would also have to depend on one’s size and objectives, as would the S day excersions away from controlled intake.