The Quantum Pontiff

The French Running Diet

Buzzing on Scienceblogs right now is PalMDs ongoing attempt to get his BMI in shape. In honor, I shall post my latest attempt at getting in shape:


Kids and adults: don’t try this at home!

How did I do it? Eat like a monk and run a lot.


  1. #1 NE1
    August 11, 2009

    Wow dude, nice.

  2. #2 Joel
    August 11, 2009

    How do you define eating like a monk, and what do you consider a lot of running?

  3. #3 Dave Bacon
    August 11, 2009

    6 miles/day, bread, wine, and cheese.

  4. #4 John Sidles
    August 12, 2009

    Awesome. My sincere congratulations. Not too many folks can do what you have done.

    “Mr. President, zee technology required is easily within the means of even zee smallest [dieting] power. It requires only zee will to do so.”

  5. #5 Mark Wilde
    August 12, 2009

    Wow Dave! Congratulations! That’s pretty awesome…

  6. #6 Steven O
    August 12, 2009

    That is some pretty rapid weightloss! Are you hoping/planning on losing much more weight?

  7. #7 John Preskill
    August 12, 2009

    No sign of a horizontal asymptote yet … How much “bread, wine, and cheese” and what kind? Also, would you mind providing “before” and “after” photos?

  8. #8 Katie
    August 12, 2009

    I don’t find this kind of self-congratulation helpful. If you really have lost 40 pounds over the course of 75 days, you’ve been losing almost 4 pounds per week, far above the medically recommended rate of 1-2 pounds per week or even 1% of total body weight per week (for you, 2.45). Any weight loss beyond this can only result from a loss of water weight and muscle, not fat. Furthermore, a diet of bread, wine and cheese is nutritionally deficient. Any weight-loss plan should focus on long-term, healthy, sustainable eating patterns–at this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if you rebounded to your original weight or higher once you decide to stop “eating like a monk.” You seem to recognize this by warning your readers not to “try this at home,” but why wouldn’t you listen to your own advice?
    If this post is sarcastic, my sincerest apologies for being so gullible–there are far too people getting recognition for “succeeding” on ill-conceived crash diets like this.

  9. #9 Katie
    August 12, 2009

    My bad: 2.35, obviously, not 2.45

  10. #10 Gordon Pasha
    August 12, 2009

    You seem to contradict the cover story of Time magazine,,8599,1914857,00.html

  11. #11 milkshake
    August 12, 2009

    If you were a supercon magnet, you would be due for liquid He re-fill soon.

  12. #12 Rocky Humbert
    August 13, 2009

    I see a reverse correlation with the performance of the stock market.

    Please let me know when you go off your diet so I can sell my portfolio.

  13. #13 David
    August 13, 2009

    So by Aug 23 2010, you will wink away into the vacuum?

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