Just like some professions have their own special eating habits that define their daily diet, there is also a special one for engineers to pick up (if you-engineer-haven’t been on it already).

We all know that it takes 1 calorie to heat 1 gram of water 1 degree celsius. Translated into meaningful terms, this means that if you eat a very cold dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source, your body fat.

For example, a dessert served and eaten near 0 degrees C (32.2 deg.F) will in a short time be raised to the normal body temperature of 37 degrees C (98.6 deg. F). For each gram of dessert eaten, that process takes approximately 37 calories as stated above. The average dessert portion is 6 oz, or 168 grams. Therefore, by operation of thermodynamic law, 6,216 calories (1 cal./gm/deg. x 37 deg. x 168 gms) are extracted from body fat as the dessert’s temperature is normalized. Allowing for the 1,200 latent calories in the dessert, the net calorie loss is approximately 5,000 calories. Obviously, the more cold dessert you eat, the better off you are and the faster you will lose weight, if that is your goal.

The Engineer’s Diet requires that you primarily consume frozen meals that are less than 350 calories and less than 6g of fat but it also has daily limits as well. It requires that no more than 1700 calories can be consumed in a day but no less than 1300. It also requires that less than 50g of fat, less than 200mg of cholesterol, less than 1700mg of sodium, and at least 17g of fiber be consumed.

The Engineer’s Diet requires the practitioner to only consume food in which all the food’s numbers are known with focus on Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, and Fiber.Most importantly, drink lots and lots of water. An engineer needs to keep hydrated!

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